Sleep Disorders and Chronic Fatigue

So much depends on sleep.  If sleep quality is not good, we are vulnerable to fatigue, depression, mood difficulties, illness, cognitive inefficiencies, anxiety and accident proneness.  Sleep quality does not only depend on how long one sleeps.  Often we can sleep for long periods of time, but waken not refreshed because sleep quality is poor.  Worry can affect our sleep and if we can’t sleep, we fret which further reduces sleep quality.

There are many factors that can affect sleep.  Poor sleep habits, poor nutrition, depression, worry and other arousing circumstances are obvious factors that can reduce sleep quality.  Neurologically, we find that many people are predisposed to sleep disturbances.  These are individuals who have very specific brain inefficiencies that affect the brain’s self-quieting capability or are associated with brain “chatter”.  Such individuals may have poor stress tolerance so any stressful situation immediately impacts their sleep.  Other inefficiencies are associated with one wakening prematurely and not being able to return to sleep.  Some individuals sleep for long periods of time but wake up tired.  All of these conditions are associated with specific brainwave anomalies that are correctible with neurotherapy.

More than simply a sleep problem, chronic fatigue is a condition in which the person cannot sustain normal levels of activity even though they may sleep for many hours each day.  Similar in some respects to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome often is associated with a physical injury, viral infection or a traumatic emotional event.  Considered by many health care providers as purely a “psychological” disorder, these patients are often treated with antidepressant, antipsychotic and/or anti-anxiety medications and are referred for psychotherapy.   In such cases, the condition further deteriorates and the clients become dependent on sedating medications with the result that they see themselves as disabled.

Nowhere is the notion that “It’s all in your head” more relevant than in the case of sleep disturbances and chronic fatigue.  Routinely treated as psychological, one meaning of “in your head”, such conditions show very specific brainwave anomalies, the second meaning of “in your head”, which when corrected, resolve the problems.