Posted by willow on February 19, 2001, at 16:36:33
In reply to The answer to the 1st question (Insomnia), posted by Rzip on February 19, 2001, at 8:17:04
> > 1. People who suffers from insomnia for one year or more is at a risk for psychiatric disorders.
> TRUE. A study was done correlating chronic insomnia (continual difficulty with sleep for at least 1 month) and psychiatric disorder.
I think that anyone who didn't get proper rest for a year, or even less, are more prone to many illness not just psychiatric. Plus, just not able to function as effectively as if they had proper rest.
My own problems started about nine months after the birth of my last child who didn't sleep nights like the other two. He's five now and still wakes up, but is able to get himself back to sleep. Not surprisingly before I became ill I use to wake up in the night quite often, just like him. This was never a problem for me, I would just piddle about and then go back to sleep.
Just from observing my dad's symptoms get worse, along with not being able to sleep, and also a friend who devolopped bi-polar was unable to sleep. The wording isn't very clear I know. What I'm trying to say is both people are affected by psychiatric illnesses that presented with an inability to sleep.
I wonder how many doctors have a thorough discussion with patients regarding matters like their sleep etc. And do they have a way of co-relating information they recieve from patients and their families with other doctors? This is probably off topic, but about how old was the study you referred to Rzip? If it was fairly new, it just seems strange that they would just be figuring this out now. Do you know what I mean? Perhaps if they were able to use the internet in some way like a database for this type of information they would have larger groups of data and be able to come up with conclusions quicker.
Just a thought!