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Narcolepsy facts.

You’ve seen the comedy “Deuce Bigolow” of a woman dropping like a fly and sleeps with no unexplained reason. Active one minute, the next thing you know she collapses into a sleep attack. Sure it may seem funny, but thinking twice of what an actual person inflicted with this condition is not humorous.  What you have seen is a neurological condition-narcolepsy- as you may of well heard of.

How well do any of you know anything about narcolepsy and the four classic symptoms? Probably not unless you are going through it.

1)EDS-Excessive Daytime Sleepiness 2)Cataplexy 3)Sleep Paralysis 4)HHE-Hypnogogic Hallucination Experiences.

As a person who experiences (isolated) sleep paralysis and HHE, I do know that I have a isolated case of SP and not narcolepsy. Accordingly to Dr. Jorge Conesa, six percent inflicted with ISP – isolated sleep paralysis- get SP often. In making a distinction, the sleep paralysis which I blogged is in the sleep paralysis to best describing the analogy of narcolepsy. All narcoleptics have sleep paralysis; not all people with SP are narcoleptics. Narcolepsy on the contrary, is a never ending disability via neurological disease taking on the toll about 200,000 Americans, while Stanford University reports 1 out of 2,000 individuals have it, while only 50,000 are diagnosed.

The primary symptom of narcolepsy is Excessive Daytime Sleepiness called sleep attacks, yet is generally experienced as a overwhelmingly sense of sleepiness like you have not slept in a few days, several times a day. EDS is the only symptom required for one to have narcolepsy. Narcolepsy is diagnosed by a MSLT-Multiple Sleep Latency Test, a daytime sleep test where your brainwaves are measured by an EEG during four or five naps 2 hours apart. If you go immediately into REM sleep at least 2 of the naps, you get diagnosed with narcolepsy.

Cataplexy – A part or complete muscle tone loss and paralysis, resulting in a extreme emotion such as laughter, anger — fighting off a sleep attack. Cataplexy is a major symptom of narcolepsy. Research indicated 80% – 90% have cataplexy at least once in their life.

Hypnogogic Hallucination Experiences are dream like imagery and sensations intertwined wiht the consciousness of the physical world: the five human senses. Only the HHE are accompanied with seeing shadows, aliens/greys, hearing strange noises from beeping to loud buzzing sounds.

Sleep Paralysis. This is common in all narcoleptics and people inflicted with ISP. SP occurs when the sleeper is about to go into sleep(hypnogogic) and awakening(hypnopompic). It is similar to cataplexy since there is completed loss of muscle tone, or muscle atonia. There is no permanent paralysis in atonia though the sensation of the inability to move starts from a few moments to a long period of time as in some people I have corresponded in the past who suffer from narcolepsy.

Dr. William Dement, one of the pioneers in sleep research, at Stanford University asserts there is a link between very low sodium in the genetic cells of dogs that triggers these canines to slump in cataplexy. Researchers had been testing suspected narcoleptics by taking a small amount of spinal fluid from the cerebral and then studied to determine if any deficient levels of hypocretin is present. Hypocretin is also known as orexin; it contains sodium, sugar, protein levels in your brain that needs also to function.

Furthermore if you have a member of your family  that is narcoleptic, in  a 200-fold there is a chance of you getting this condition. The average age set where narcolepsy begins is around 12 but is unusually to get it no later than 21.

When a person goes into slumber and ploops into sleep frequently this is what the rest of society stigmatizes as laziness. There are misunderstood facts on this condition and lack of public awareness needs to be addressed.

 

A holistic remedy for your health.

This is from a recent study. I’d say this could work for borderline diabetes along with exercise and diet.

Article posted by a Guest Commentator at the Amador Ledger Dispatch. Friday, March 4,2016. Read the entire text:

The healthy benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar By By René Burton 

A revered home remedy since Hippocrates day, apple cider vinegar is credited with everything from increasing metabolism and balancing the body’s pH, to detoxify and improve joint health.

One recent study showed that apple cider vinegar consumption lowered the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels, increased HDL cholesterol levels, and could help manage diabetes complications.

When buying apple cider vinegar look for organic, raw, unfiltered with a rich brown color and the dusty “mother” included. Shake well before using.

For health benefits, I use it every day. I suggest 2 teaspoons raw apple cider vinegar in flavored water. Take twice daily.

A splash of apple cider vinegar livens up cooked beans, rice, soups, coleslaw and creamy dips. Make a simple, healthy salad dressing by combining apple cider vinegar with olive oil and chopped fresh herbs, such as oregano or ginger. Drizzle over mixed greens with toasted nuts and sliced figs.

More Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

By taking this nutritious drink you will, at the very least, be helping to reduce the nutrient deficiencies that result from a typical western diet containing many processed and refined foods.

So let’s have a look at some of the many different ways people have been benefiting from the external and internal application of this folk medicine.

ARTHRITIS HELP. Massage the sore joints with a liniment made up of 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, and 1/4 cup of olive oil. Also, simply taking the apple cider vinegar tonic (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) before each meal has been an effective, natural, healing home remedy for many people.

ASTHMA. Some people have found relief from mild asthma by taking the apple cider vinegar tonic along with applying a vinegar soaked compress to the inside of the wrists.

ATHLETE’S FOOT. Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection which is quite difficult to get rid of. One of the best home remedies involves soaking the feet twice a day in a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water. Or you can apply pure apple cider vinegar to the affected areas several times a day and before bedtime.

BLEEDING NOSE. Soak a cotton ball in pure apple cider vinegar, lay your head back and then place the cotton ball in the bleeding nostril. This home remedy will stop the bleeding quickly.

BLOOD PRESSURE. Take one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one tablespoon of honey in a glass of water twice a day to help lower blood pressure. The high potassium values in both natural healing substances help to balance out sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits. Apple cider vinegar and honey also contain magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower the blood pressure. To maximize the benefit of this and other home remedies, take the holistic approach and couple this with all the dietary modifications outlined in my book, IT’S NEVER TOO LATE® – BE FABULOUSLY FIT AS YOU AGE, such as reduced fat and salt intake, increased fiber, moderate coffee and alcohol, no smoking and daily exercise.

BONE HEALTH. Due to its mineral content, apple cider vinegar helps to sustain bone mass and fight against osteoporosis. The important minerals involved include, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and silicon. Take two or three teaspoons to 8 ounces of water to boost the body’s supply of these minerals.

BRUISES. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in one-half cup of warm apple cider vinegar and apply to the bruise as a compress.

BURNS. Apply apple cider vinegar to the burn, whether it’s from the sun or a hot surface, to reduce the pain, to disinfect and to supply nutrients required for healing.

CANCER PREVENTION. Apples and apple cider vinegar contain numerous substances that protect against many types of cancer. They contain beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant, and phytochemicals such as flavonoids and polyphenols that are also protective against cancer formation. Plus, they both contain pectin, a soluble fiber, which binds certain cancer causing compounds in the colon and speeds up their elimination from the body. “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away.” So eat an apple a day and take the apple cider vinegar tonic home remedy.

CHOLESTEROL REDUCTION. It is thought that the water-soluble fiber pectin, found in apple cider vinegar, absorbs fats and cholesterol and eliminates them from the body. At the same time, the amino acids present in apple cider vinegar neutralize some of the harmful LDL cholesterol.Recently, researchers in Japan reported that regular intake of 3 teaspoons per day can significantly lower the level of cholesterol in a person’s blood. They found that acetic acid, the major ingredient, is responsible for this effect. The results were presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Nutrition and Food Science in May, 2005.

Maximize the benefit of taking the apple cider vinegar home remedy (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) and increasing the amount of fiber-rich food in your diet to include more fruits and vegetables, while reducing the amount of saturated and unsaturated fat.

COLDS. At the first sign of a cold, take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in half a cup of water several times a day. The body becomes more alkaline during a cold and the vinegar will help to re-balance the body’s acid level.

CONSTIPATION. A low-fiber diet and the reduction in digestive acids and enzymes as we age can lead to constipation. More fruits and vegetables and a daily tonic of apple cider vinegar (2 to 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) is a natural home remedy to combat constipation.

CORN AND CALLUS TREATMENT. Soak your feet for half an hour in a warm bath containing half a cup of apple cider vinegar. Use a clean pumice stone to rub the affected areas then apply pure apple cider vinegar and cover with a bandage. Re-apply vinegar and bandage the following morning.

DIABETES. A daily tonic of apple cider vinegar (2 or 3 teaspoons to 8 ounces of water) supplies the dietary fiber and other ingredients, which are beneficial in controlling blood glucose levels. The acids and enzymes promote better digestion and nutrient absorption, which is impaired in many diabetes sufferers.

This home remedy has been the subject of new research that shows that apple cider vinegar can help lower blood sugar levels.

DIARRHEA. Pectin, the water-soluble fiber in apple cider vinegar, will help to absorb water in the intestines and provide more bulk for the stool. Also, intestinal bacteria transforms pectin into a protective coating which soothes the irritated lining. The well-known over the counter diarrhea preparation, Kaopectate contains pectin. So, take the natural-healing apple cider vinegar tonic, instead of Kaopectate, to help eliminate diarrhea.

DIGESTION. As we age, it is common for people to produce less stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) which can lead to digestive problems. Taking the apple cider vinegar tonic home remedy before a meal will enhance the action of your stomach’s acid and digestive enzymes.

FOOT CARE. Try this home remedy for sore and tired feet which sometimes ache at the end of a long day: Add a cup of apple cider vinegar to a basin of warm water and allow your feet to soak for 15 minutes.

HEADACHES. Research has shown that people have slightly more alkaline urine when they have a headache. An apple cider vinegar tonic will help restore your body’s acid/alkaline balance. According to one home remedy, inhaling the vapors from a small bottle of apple cider vinegar can also help or, if you have a vaporizer, add about two tablespoons to the water and inhale the vapors for five minutes.

HEARTBURN (ACID REFLUX). Heartburn or acid reflux is a condition in which some of the acid content of the stomach periodically backs up into the esophagus. Even though testimonials abound throughout the internet on the effectiveness of using apple cider vinegar, no scientific studies have been done to substantiate this.However, a recent survey, conducted at the Earth Clinic web site found that vinegar was the best of all home remedies suggested to relieve heartburn or acid reflux.

So, to relieve occasional heartburn, try drinking the apple cider vinegar tonic before each meal.

HICCUPS. To stop hiccups, try sipping a glass of warm water with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. This is simpler than many other home remedies for hiccups.

MUSCLE SORENESS. Apply a cloth dampened with apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper directly to the sore muscle for 5 minutes. Reapply as needed. For all-over sore muscles, try soaking in a warm bath adding 2 to 3 cups of apple cider vinegar.

WEIGHT LOSS. The use of apple cider vinegar for weight loss is centuries old. Dr. D.C. Jarvis in his book, Folk Medicine, maintained, “that an overweight person could lose weight gradually by taking 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water at each meal. No change in the daily food intake is required, except to avoid high fat foods.”

If you take apple cider vinegar between meals or before going to bed, always rinse your mouth to avoid any prolonged vinegar contact with the enamel on your teeth.

So now you know!

 

 

Bangungot – A Filipino sleepers demon.

“Bangungot” from the Tagalog word “to rise and moan in sleep.”

When I done research on sleep paralysis over a decade ago, I just thought to myself what I had is mainly a scientific thing; no harm into what 6% of the general population undergoes. At least one time in their life.

Sleep Paralysis Awakeness or ASP is usually something medical. A scientific theory, not actual fact, that a person goes to sleep, a neurotransmitter releases hormones called acetylcholine that are released from that small portion of the brain, called the pon, and what it does, it flows from your brain and into the receptors  that keep us essentially paralyzed-REM paralysis. This keeps us from acting out our dreams or we would unintentionally sleep walk(and yes, there is cases of sleep walking) and harm ourselves during nocturnal sleep.

Rather in cases of ASP, a person awakes during sleep cycle before the neurotransmitter wears off. The mind is awake, the body is still asleep. That is called hypnopompic sleep paralysis, accompanied by hallucinations of seeing dark shadows on the wall and that feeling of being hagged by somebody or something.

Upon further research I stumbled upon some material that would manifest into a sleepers demon in cultural folklore/myth in various parts of the world.

The hag as what is known is interpreted in various cultures.  In Newfoundland up in Canada, it is often referred as The Old Hag Syndrome.

In Arabic, it is named a djinn, or evil spirits.

Japan, the kanashibari. Laos, da cho.  Greece, the mora. Typically, it is a nightmare in the SP form such as in Spain, the pesadilla.

In the ilocano section of the Philippines, the Bangungot or the batibat.

The Bangungot is thought to be in the form of sleep paralysis, but  is a mixture of both medical and folklore. In medical aspect, the victim died of a poor diet, which is the Filipino culture, many people, roughly men consume highly fatty foods consumed with lots of pork and drink a lot of alcohol beverage and worth mentioning of a salty diet; it’s a Filipino custom. I believe what is presented is the brugada syndrome, a serious heart condition or a bad case of acute hemorrhagic pancreatitis.

In folklore, the batibat is a female demon or a spirit taking the form of a tree. The trees is cut down for the purpose of making a bed post or a house. In short, taking revenge on the men who cut down the trees; and what the demon does, it sits on the face or chest of its victim, who experiences paralysis.  He gasps for air until he dies from asphyxiation. Both cases: it is usually the male in that region of the world is the victim.

No known victim ever survived this bangungot syndrome.

And it is certainly not to be a form of sleep paralysis as those inflicted with it, do not die from ASP.  Bangungot is more a rather serious condition to that compared to sleep apnea and the dreaded SUDS – Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome and SUNDS -Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome.

Read on this link about the Bangungot Syndrome in Manila

Bangungot happens when sleeping in the supine position just as it happens during ASP. In Filipino cultures, the older recommend wiggling the big toes of people experiencing this to encourage their heart to snap back to a normal.  Mind you, sleep paralysis is a scientific theory and does not mean the paranormal, yet we have a great place to start. Such as in this site:

The Boogie Men of the Philippines

Philippine Urban Legend: Bangungot, real? or myth?

Legend from Irregular Times.

And this one on both folklore and science