Insomnia, Snoring, Sleep Apnea

The world and life of a sleep tech

The Case of Extreme Insomnia

Posted by amykr on January 28, 2009

If you watch the morning shows you saw a family suffering from a son’s extreme case of sleep deprivation.  This young man was diagnosed with multiple health issues including Autism, learning disabilities, behavior disorders and health issues.  What was finally determined was that he was only getting about 2 hours of sleep.  His parents were wonderful and supportive but they could not help him and they were unable to figure out why he was having so many issues. 

After he was treated the change was remarkable.  He went from functioning on the level of an 18 month old to almost age level which is 3 years old.  He was able to play.  He was finally able to interact with others, both his parents and his friends. 

So what does this have to do with the average person.  Well if you do have a sleep disorder then you are walking around in a constant sleep deprived state.  This can show up as fatigue, depression, lack of motivation. It can also lead to hostility, sadness and hopelessness.  You may not be able to concentrate so you might give up reading, or trying to learn something new.  These are the more looked over symptoms of sleep disorders.  So if you or someone you love snore and have ADD, depression, fatigue, or other learning or behavior problems you might want to talk to your doctor about having a sleep study.

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