|NOW SLEEPLESS/INSOMNIA IS BECOMING AN INCREASING EPIDEMIC.... & omen of DEPRESSION which is forecast to be the leading human illness in near future...|
Posted by Vishva News Reporter on November 26, 2008
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state of daily human life existence as per vED...
in which you are awake, sleeping/dreaming, in deep sleep but also
your aatmaa (soul) is becoming one with Creator bRH'm
SLEEPLESSNESS/INSOMNIA IS MAN-MADE DUE TO
GREED FOR WEALTH CREATION
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& NOT LIVING BY 4 vEDik DAILYLIFE STAGES OF EXISTENCE:
shuSHup`ti (DEEP SLEEP) &
USA AND CANADA FACES SLEEPLESS EPIDEMIC AT
ANNUAL SLEEPING PILLS COST OF US $20 BILLION & SOCIAL COST OF FAMILY
LIFE UNHAPINESS, DISRUPTION & COGNITIVE DISCORNDANT....
SAME SLEEPLESS EPIDEMIC PERVADES MOST OF
THE INDUSTRIALIZED WESTERN COUNTRIES...
SLEEPLESS EPIDEMIC IS SHOWING UP IN
EMERGING ECONOMIES OF INDIA AND CHINA....
AFRICA AND OTHER DEVELOPING NATIONS WILL FACE THE SAME SLEEPLESSNESS
UNLESS ALL HUMANITY UNDERSTANDS DAILY LIVING BY RULES AND REGULATIONS OF
|CURRENT SCIENCE KNOWELEDGE ON
1. There is an entire generation of people with sleep
disorders due to industrial lifestyle including normal 7-9 hours
daily sleep deprivation with daily sleep debt of 2 to 4
hours....and about 10 per cent of the population suffers from insomnia,
but its causes are not well known;
or Insomnia is an omen of major depression which is forecast to rank as
the number one human health problem in near future;
3. For others, it is situational, brought on by
life anxiety and life stresses
thereof such as caused by parenting, divorce, jobs, or
sudden stress such as the recent global financial meltdown,
terrorism threat, political, economical and religious conflicts and
5. Even the hormonal changes men and women undergo in puberty, middle
age, retirement, menopause can make sleep more difficult;
6. There also may be a family connection- family behavioral practices causing sleeplessness is "contagious and
AND ITS LIMITATIONS FOR SLEEPLESSNESS ......
sleeping medication pills is tested, and approved, for up to
four months' use;
2. But even
in the short term, the pills can impair memory and co-ordination...
taking them long terms means taking
them without knowing just how much damage that may do to health;
3. General patient complaint: "After my doctor put me on pills,
there was no real follow-up. I had to spend years searching for the
causes of my own insomnia.";
4. Family doctors rarely have time to take a patient's
"sleep history," or explore underlying psychological or physical issues,
but some steer insomniacs toward cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
instead of the drugstore;
5. CBT and sleep therapy has proved to works well for about 80 per
cent of people but doctors prefer pills;
6. Despite trying therapy, psychiatric sessions and sleep clinics
and pills to no avail....there is no biologically holistic approach to
find cause and cure for sleeplessness including adequate research
7. there is a social stigma of having sleeplessness which could be
the biggest block to finding cause and cure....
8. Ms. Greene, who teaches English at Scripps College near Los
Angeles and is also the author of Insomniac, a book published last
spring and recently praised by the New England Journal of Medicine says
it all: science has
overlooked the role of neurobiology and genetics in insomnia and the
problem is "so psychologized and neuroticized" because doctors don't
understand the condition and are looking for "a way of passing the buck
back to the patient."
Dr. Morin director of the Sleep Research Centre at Laval University in
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada says
"We don't know the biological
mechanisms behind the inability to sleep,"
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Canada is becoming a nation of
Demand for sleeping medication has leaped in the past five years,
and those most in need of
serious shut-eye seem to be women......
Unfortunately, popping pills is one
that can turn into itself into a problem...
Globe and Mail:
November 15, 2008: Marina Jimenez is a senior feature writer.
For years, Stacie Fox feared the night. From the moment she went to bed,
sleeplessness taunted her. Just as she began to drift off, it would jerk
her awake again. As a result, she waded through her days with aching
joints, swollen glands and a leaden heart.
"I felt like I was 80," says the 32-year-old actor from Burlington, Ont.
"I felt like the whole world was going to end. My brain was in a fog."
Using makeup and her acting skills to hide her exhaustion, she tried
everything she could think of escape her insomnia including the
- A dairy-free diet.
- Massage therapy.
- Tai chi.
- Good sleep hygiene (no caffeine or alcohol, no TV in the
- She even went to the Matrix Repatterning Centre in Aurora,
Ont., where naturopathic doctors claimed to help "correct the imbalance
in soft tissue, organs and bones.
Her family doctor tested her thyroid, liver and
kidneys, her levels of blood sugar and cortisol, the "stress hormone."
The results all came back normal.
Then her doctor
prescribed sleeping pills.
Imovane, a tiny, bitter blue piece of magic, sent her into a sweet,
sustained slumber. Comfort, at last. She slept like a baby.
Many are loath to admit it, but more and more people both in Canada and
the United States are fed up with punching the pillow until dawn.
Consumption of sleeping pills has increased dramatically in the past
five years. Prescriptions for zopiclone, the generic name for Imovane,
rose 49 per cent from 2003 to last year, according to industry tracker
IMS Health Canada, while those for all sedatives went up 15 per cent.
Canada's pharmacists filled 5.6 million prescriptions for sleep
medication last year, representing $128-million in sales.
IMS says 60 per cent of users are
women, more than half of them between 40 and 60.
In the U.S., the phenomenon is even more remarkable:
- Sleeping-pill use increased 60 per cent from 2000 to
- prompting Forbes magazine to dub the business a $20-billion
(U.S.) "sleep racket."
"It's a virtual epidemic," says Jeffrey Lipsitz,
medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centre of Metropolitan Toronto.
Sleep experts pin the increase on
- newer drugs (Imovane here and Lunesta and Ambien in
- aggressive advertising south of the border and a poor
grasp of the mysteries of sleep itself.
- About 10 per cent of the population suffers from insomnia,
but its causes are not well known.
- For some, such as Ms. Fox, it is chronic. For others, it
is situational, brought on by divorce, or sudden stress, such as the
recent global financial meltdown.
- Even the hormonal changes women undergo in middle age can
make sleep more difficult.
Today's medications are much safer than those of the past - less
addictive and less likely to cause a hangover - but doctors still prefer
to prescribe them on a short-term basis only.
Even so, many end up taking them for months, even years, without knowing
just how much damage that may do to their health.
Most sleeping medication is tested, and approved, for up to four months'
use (the U.S. decision to allow Lunesta prescriptions to run longer has
sparked controversy). But even in the short term, the pills can impair
memory and co-ordination.
Stacie Fox never imagined that five years later, she would still be
taking Imovane. "Insomnia has defined my life," she says. "It's
embarrassing. People are so quick to judge, and say, 'This is your
problem,' implying it is all in my head.
"After my doctor put me on pills, there was no real follow-up. I had to
spend years searching for the causes of my own insomnia."
LIKE SMOKING A JOINT
Taken properly, Dr. Lipsitz says, "sleeping pills don't cause long-term
medical problems, but neither do they solve insomnia."
Julia and Amanda, two old friends living in Toronto, know that, and yet
they still turn to Imovane when they crave a good night's rest. Both are
in their mid-40s and overwhelmed by the demands of juggling children and
their careers (afraid of repercussions, neither wants her real name
used). They look forward to the pills the way they enjoyed smoking a
joint in high school.
"On a recent girls' weekend," says Julia, a civil servant, "I brought
along magazines, jelly beans and a stash. I stopped drinking wine at a
certain time so I could take a sleeping pill."
Amanda, who works in publishing, nods. "We called it our 'sleep-cation.'
Some people feel it is a sign of weakness. But it's something you know
everyone is doing but no one ever talks about."
Julia adds: "No one ever says Imo-what? But at the same time it's a
personal issue, like discussing your salary or what deodorant you use."
People have long relied on chemicals to wind down. Barbiturates such as
Seconal depress the nervous system, and were made famous in Jacqueline
Susann's 1966 novel Valley of the Dolls (the three main characters all
take "dolls" to get to sleep). By the 1970s, a new drug family - the
benzodiazepines, known as Valium and Halcion - came into widespread use.
Although still addictive, they were considered less dangerous than
Now, the zoplicones rule, and at least some of the current sales spike
can be attributed to aggressive promotion south of the border for
Lunesta. In 2005, the year it was introduced, its manufacturer spent
$270-million (U.S.) on advertising that featured a green moth that lands
on a teacher as she sleeps. In the morning, the moth flies out the
window, and the teacher has a fabulous day.
Canada prohibits the advertising of prescription drugs, and Lunesta
isn't available here, but viewers can see commercials for it and Ambien,
a similar product from Sanofi-Aventis, on American channels and crave
the relief they bring.
But the limitation of sleep aids is that they address the symptom,
insomnia, not what's causing the problem. Dr. Lipsitz believes the
inability to sleep is almost always a symptom of another problem -
ranging from stress, depression and anxiety to migraines and high blood
But a minority of patients have insomnia as a primary diagnosis and
can't overcome it, no matter how much they meditate, or how many
massages they get. And nobody really knows why some people sleep so
soundly, while others wake up at the slightest sound.
Most sleep clinics concentrate on sleep apnea, a disorder that obstructs
the upper airway and is easier to diagnose. Insomnia affects many more
people but has no magic diagnostic test - and no cure.
Family doctors rarely have time to take a patient's "sleep history," or
explore underlying psychological or physical issues, but some steer
insomniacs toward cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) instead of the
Such therapy focuses on a patient's approach to sleep and, according to
psychologists, works well for about 80 per cent of people. It takes much
more time and effort than just popping a pill, but Jaan Reitav, a
Toronto clinical psychologist accredited by the American Academy in
Sleep Medicine, says a clinical trial conducted in Norway compared the
effect of CBT and Imovane on 46 adults and found the pills lost their
effectiveness after six months, while CBT did not.
Despite her early success with medication, Stacie Fox soon had to
increase her dosage, and then change to another product. At one point,
she went to a sleep lab, which said she was suffering from apnea and
fitted her with a special mask to keep her air passage open. However,
she couldn't get comfortable and would fling it off a night.
"It didn't solve my sleep problems," she says, whereas the medication
gave her some rest, and let her carry on with her life and career. She
appeared in a recent TV commercial for WestJet and plays a naughty,
biscuit-snatcher in a Peek Freans ad.
|A TYPE-A PERSONALITY
These days, she is trying a more holistic approach. She sees a
counsellor to address the root causes of the anxiety that she now
suspects is the real cause of her insomnia.
As well, she attends a workshop at Eli Bay's Relaxation Response
Institute in Toronto that she credits with teaching her to relax. "I am
a type-A personality. The on switch is always on and I don't know how to
turn it off."
There also may be a family connection. Her father suffered from
insomnia, as has her sister, Jennifer Fair, for the past eight years.
Medication has provided relief to Ms. Fair, a 34-year-old hairstylist
with a six-year-old daughter.
"There is a comfort certainly in finally being able to take a pill, to
have the luxury of falling asleep," she says. "People take it for
granted, but when you cannot sleep, it is very debilitating and really
affects every facet of your life."
Ms. Fair says there is a social stigma to resorting to
medication, but people are beginning to open up about their sleeping
difficulties. "If you're a diabetic, people don't slam you
for taking insulin."
But for some, such as Toronto civil servant Amana Karim, nothing seems
to work. The self-described "hard-core, lifelong insomniac" has tried
therapy, psychiatric sessions and sleep clinics, to no avail. Her doctor
has prescribed various sleeping aids, and they worked only for a time.
"I would love to have my brain scanned to see what is going on there,"
says the 59-year-old native of Guyana. "Something is off. It's like a
computer chip that won't let me fall asleep."
Her insomnia is so crippling, she says, it put strain on her common-law
marriage, which has since ended. She often turns down invitations to the
theatre or concerts because she is so exhausted she has to turn in by 9
Gayle Greene has heard hundreds of stories like Ms. Karim's since she
started her website, sleepstarved.org. "They are just desperate for
help. It is an amazingly awful thing," says Ms. Greene, who teaches
English at Scripps College near Los Angeles.
She is also the author of Insomniac, a book published last spring and
recently praised by the New England Journal of Medicine for its critique
of specialists who have overlooked the role of neurobiology
and genetics in insomnia. She feels the problem is
"so psychologized and neuroticized" because doctors don't understand
the condition and are looking for "a way of passing the buck back to the
Ms. Greene takes medication to sleep, and bemoans the lack of funding
for insomnia research. The National Institutes of Health spent just
$20-million in 2005 - a mere fraction of the $270-million spent to
advertise Lunesta that year.
Experts agree with her. Charles Morin, director of the Sleep Research
Centre at Laval University in Quebec City, says more is known about
anxiety, depression and stress. "We don't know the
biological mechanisms behind the inability to sleep," he
In fact, says Antonio Culebras, a neurologist at Upstate Medical
University in Syracuse, N.Y., "to try to understand insomnia
through psychological means is tantamount to investigating the structure
of a house by looking at the roof. We need to start researching the
For example, are women really worse sleepers than men, or are they just
more likely to seek help?
Some progress is being made. Recently, researchers studied images of an
insomniac's brain and discovered something Dr. Culebras calls
"hyper-arousal" - a persistent alertness despite the need for sleep.
In patients suffering from fatal familial insomnia,
an incurable condition that can kill within a year of its onset, there
are degenerative lesions in the thalamus, situated in the front of the
"Sleep is a function of the brain," he
explains, "and sleeplessness is the consequence of brain
A SLEEPLESS GENERATION
Julia and Amanda aren't hard-core insomniacs. But they believe that a
good night's rest is their due - and that it gives them a competitive
advantage over young up-and-comers in the workplace.
And, in a life where there is so much they cannot control, sleeping
medication guarantees when and how long they will sleep.
Julia knows it is not natural to have to work as hard as she did in her
30s, but there is often no choice. On nights when she lies awake
watching the clock, anxiety about missing sleep only fuels her insomnia.
She cannot chair a meeting, or present complex research results on two
hours' rest. "I think there is an entire generation of
people with sleep disorders," she says.
Amanda, who has a one-year-old at home and works full-time, says she
feels she needs "seven hours of rest to enhance my performance."
But is it possible that such expectations are too much - that there
never was such thing as a great night's sleep?
In pre-industrial Europe, for example, sleeping for eight
consecutive hours wasn't normal, American historian Roger
Ekirch says. While in Britain to research his 2005 book, At Day's Close:
Night in Times Past, he discovered what he calls "segmented sleep."
Instead, people slept for two to three hours, surrounded by braying
animals, people emitting terrible smells, and other environmental
They awoke at midnight for one or two hours, and then settled back
down for a second "dawn" slumber.
In the interval, people stoked the fire, made love, prepared the next
day's meal, stole apples from the neighbours, prayed, meditated or
reflected upon their dreams. "Basically, they did anything and
everything imaginable," Prof. Ekrich says with a chuckle.
"The consolidated, seamless sleep we enjoy today was not the norm in the
19th century," he says on the phone from Virginia Tech, where he
teaches. "There is no idyllic past in terms of sleep."
His findings resonate with those of scientists at the National Institute
of Mental Health in Washington D.C., who have conducted clinical
research into segmented sleep and found that, without the
interference of artificial light, many people naturally slept in two
"Insomniacs may simply be
experiencing this pre-industrial, once-dominant pattern of sleep,"
Prof. Ekrich says. "Many insomniacs find this a relief to know it's not
a mental-health issue, and they are not abnormal."
But insomniacs who cannot spare a 10-hour block of time for "segmented"
sleep may still reach for the bitter blue pills to get what they need.
"When you don't sleep, you look at the world through a dark storm cloud
and feel so hopeless," Stacie Fox says.
"I feel ripped off of five years of my life."
Not long ago, people used to brag about how little they slept. It was
the sign of hard-nosed ambition, Herculean strength. British prime
minister Margaret Thatcher and U.S. president Bill Clinton claimed they
could get by on five hours.
But most people want to get to sleep, and today insomnia affects 10, and
perhaps as much as 15, per cent of the population.
Among the ailments treated by Canadian doctors last year, sleep
disorders ranked No. 27, but two of their key components, depression and
anxiety, came third and fourth. In fact, insomnia is an omen of major
And sleep patterns can change. In January, the man who once boasted he
could run the White House on next to no shut-eye found himself dozing
off repeatedly during a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in a Harlem
Unfortunately for the former president, his nap hardly went unnoticed -
after all, he was seated right behind the keynote speaker.
The end result: a field day for headline writers (Clinton Has A Dream!)
and some incredibly funny videos for YouTube.
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