MOST SLEEP DISORDERS HAVE VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH SLEEP!
They are primarily Breathing Disorders which are aggravated by the process of sleep.
HOW TO IDENTIFY & ADDRESS BREATHING DISORDERS
CENTRAL SLEEP APNEA (CSA)
UPPER AIRWAY RESISTANCE SYNDROME (UARS)
should not be ignored or underestimated - as apneas can be mixed. It is important to address all possible aspects.
• Just because something is commonplace doesn’t necessarily mean that it is true, valid or accurate.
• Millions of people doing the ‘wrong thing’ doesn’t make it right – and only proves the words of Lenin that “if the lie is big enough and told enough times – the lie becomes the truth”.
• The problem in accepting the ‘lie as the truth’ is that people just do not believe that anything else is possible – and this is exploited by many organizations, groups and professions – who rely on people not having the knowledge, initiative, ability or desire to question what they are told.
The very nature of reductionist science is to want to "grab bag" a variety of symptoms and put them into a "Group" that can be "treated".
This is a fundamental flaw with "Sleep Disorders" - for two reasons.
Firstly, as mentioned, most 'sleep disorders' are rather 'breathing disorders'.
Secondly, very few sleep disorders are truly obstructive - where tissue has to be lifted and supported - as with CPAP - otherwise breathing is not possible.
The bulk of breathing disorders involve partial narrowing of the airway - often sporadic or intermittent, sometimes worse than others.
What is being ignored here, because of the major emphasis on night time intervention with machines and jaw splints, is the effect on the airway of inflammation and congestion. Granted, some doctors - especially ENT specialists - see this, and prescribe steroids to reduce the inflammation. Nobody is getting to the root cause which, in many cases, is Hyperventilation or, as it is often referred to as Over Breathing.
It is no secret that many conditions are poorly understood and that the majority of research papers contain the statement "further research is required". It would be really nice if there was honesty and transparency in these cases and people were simply told the facts. Instead of this more confusion is created by resorting to 'nonsense diagnoses' such as:-
• Genetic – which means “it's your fault or your parent’s fault”
• Idiopathic - which means “I have no idea what is wrong”
• Iatrogenic – which means “Caused by the treatment you have been having”
• Don’t Worry - he/she will “grow out of it”
Here is a true story of a young lady who was concerned about symptoms she was having. She consulted her PCP who did not know what was wrong. She referred her to a specialist who referred her to two more. Finally the third specialist told her that she had "Idiopathic Postprandial Syndrome". She called her PCP and said to her "I am so relieved. At least now I know what is wrong."
What it really meant was "something happens to you after you eat and I don't have a clue what it is"
Just an example how we can be blinded by jargon.
You will only ever ‘catch’ one of four things:
Virtually everything else is as a consequence of what you are DOING.
This all goes back to the 1642 Newton Third Law of Motion which states that:
"Every action has an equal and opposite reaction"
The vast majority of what goes wrong in our lives is usually as a consequence of something that we have done.
The Human Body is not a series of disconnected parts - and this is the major issue with ‘specialization’. The body has 11 distinct operating systems, all independent yet all interdependent, and Western medicine has created 124 individual ‘specialities’ to address these 11 systems.
Generally speaking all health issues have two aspects:
The Symptoms and The Causes.
Focusing on either one to the exclusion of the other simply will not work. That is why there is so much chronic illness around as symptoms are being constantly (mis)managed and the causes are being ignored.
The Symptoms are represented by the ‘form’ that the body adopts as a result of compensation.
The Causes are the ‘function’ that originally created the problem and which is being perpetuated by focusing on the ‘form’ exclusively. It then becomes a ‘chicken-and-egg’ issue.
Function is what the body does in order to remain breathing. This includes physical, biochemical and emotional compensations which appear to solve one issue but create many more.
It boils down to one inescapable fact:
“THE ONLY THING THAT CAUSES BREATHING PATTERNS TO CHANGE IS STRESS”
This might sound simplistic at first but when you understand that stress comes in 3 major categories, everything makes sense.
FUNCTIONAL STRESS is the way we sit, stand walk, talk, sleep and move. It can be regarded as WHAT WE ARE DOING.
INGESTIONAL STRESS is what we eat (or don’t eat), drink, inhale, sniff, rub on our skin/hair and can be regarded as WHAT WE ARE EATING.
EMOTIONAL STRESS is the way we choose to respond to the challenges that we face every waking and sleeping moment. It is not the situation that is stressful - it is the response. This can be regarded as WHAT’S EATING US.
Wise remarks from wise people
“Insanity is repeating the same behavior
“The art of medicine is keeping the patient amused while nature cures the disorder”
“It is better for the reputation to fail conventionally than to succeed unconventionally”