It could be a little bit of both.. We may find ourselves taking a power nap at lunch time, and that maybe perfectly reasonable, but sleep disorders by themselves lead to more important, and far more deadly consequences than just simply falling asleep in the middle of a conversation.
What is wrong with our sleep, and why is this a concern at all? The fact is that we have these rhythms, called biorhythms. Our body is supposed to go through certain changes at certain times of day and night, and if it doesn’t, it starts to break-down.
We go through these cycles triggered by hormones, which are triggered by daylight and lack of daylight. When night time occurs, the Pineal Gland starts to fire off a series of hormonal change, inducing sleep.
There are three main types of sleep disorders. Early insomnia, which means you can’t get to sleep. Mid—insomnia is when you awaken in the middle of the night. Late insomnia means that you wake up prematurely. Each kind of sleep disorder is caused by different issues. For example: when somebody can’t get to sleep, generally that implies that they have an anxiety disorder, or they can’t clear their head and relax. The cause of mid insomnia is usually hormonal in nature, often cortisol or DHEA driven. Then late insomnia where you wake up early in the morning is typically seen with depressive disorders.
Sleep is not a passive process. Sleep is a very active process. It’s just not conscious; it’s all unconscious, or subconscious, but your brain is just as active as it is during the day.
Why do I even care about sleep disorder? Because you can take anybody, just anybody at all, anybody normal, anybody healthy, anybody without complaint and if you keep them from sleeping, in the short course of a week or 10 days they’ll develop something called fibromyalgia, along with other problems.
It’s a vicious cycle—the symptoms cause insomnia, and the insomnia causes more symptoms and health concerns. The tricky part is figuring out how to break the cycle, and this can be a very individualized process.