Insomnia; Fatigue; Sleep Disorder

Sleep DisorderMany of us are suffering from sleep. When people are tired during the day or they find themselves dozing off. Does that just mean it’s time to take a nap, or is it time to go see a doctor about or sleep specialist?

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.

About David S Klein, MD 149 Articles
David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.