Creating Waves of Awareness
Somnambulism and Homoeopathy
© Dr. Rajneesh Kumar Sharma M.D. (Homoeopathy)
Dr. Swati Vishnoi B.H.M.S.
Dr. Preetika Lakhera B.H.M.S.
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Sleep-wake cycle. 2
Stages of Sleep. 2
Non rapid eye movements. 2
Rapid eye movements. 2
Physiological changes during sleep. 2
In General 2
In NREM Sleep. 3
In REM Sleep. 3
Sign and symptoms. 6
Homoeopathic treatment. 8
Sleep may be defined as a periodic state of rest accompanied by varying degrees of unconsciousness and relative inactivity (Psora/ Syphilis).
The sleep-wake cycle varies in relation to the age and gender of the individual. Women past age 35 tend to sleep more than men. On an average-
There is great individual variation in the amount and depth of sleep.
Sleep has been found to have two states-
This is also called NREM or synchronized sleep and involves four stages.
Stage 1- Eye movements are slow; EEG shows low brain wave activity.
Stage 2- EEG activity is increased, with the appearance of spikes called K complexes
Stage 3- Eye movement ceases; wave frequency is reduced and amplitude increased.
Stage 4- EEG shows more delta activity.
This also called REM or dreaming sleep.
NREM and REM sleep alternate during the night; each cycle requires 90 to 100 min. NREM sleep composes approx. 75% of the sleep cycle and REM sleep approx. 25%, with variations among individuals.
Persons deprived of sleep for several days or more become irritable, fatigued, unable to concentrate, and usually disoriented (Psora/ Causa occasionalis). Performance of mental and physical tasks deteriorates. Some individuals experience paranoid thoughts and auditory, visual, and tactile illusions or hallucinations (Psora).
Deprivation of REM sleep may cause anxiety, overeating, and hypersexuality (Psora/ Pseudopsora/ Sycosis). The effects of sleep deprivation are reversed when the normal sleep-wake cycle is resumed.
Snoring (Psora/ Sycosis/ Pseudopsora) may be clinically insignificant but, when accompanied by apnea, can be harmful. The consequences of loss of sleep may include- fatigue, loss of concentration, or difficulties in coping or job performance Psora/ Causa occasionalis).
Most people feel and perform best with 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night.
Somnambulism or sleepwalking is a self-limited arousal disorder (Psora) of parasomnia, which is generally benign (Psora), caused by temporary and reversible state of altered consciousness (Psora) and perceptual disengagement during sleep, in which motor acts, like rising from bed, walking or other complex motor behavior are performed with amnesia for the event (Psora).
Somnambulism includes ambulation or other complicated behaviors while still asleep, with amnesia for the event (Psora).
Somnambulism affects 15-30% of children and 1% of adults.
Boys are more affected.
Adult onset somnambulism is sometimes associated with drug abuse.
Sleepwalking is familial (Syphilis).
The disorders that intrude into the sleep process and create disruptive sleep-related events are called parasomnias. There are six common parasomnias that afflict sleepers-
Parasomnias include complex motor behavior disorders and arousal disorders.
One of the most common types of arousal disorders is somnambulism.
It has been noted that the incidence of sleepwalking decreases with age. Adult somnambulists are more prone to have serious problems with it (Psora/ Syphilis).
During somnambulism, brain activity shifts from smooth waves to a high-voltage burst of delta waves, which can be seen during deep sleep. The EEG shows a turmoil of activity in the area of the cingulate cortex, a part of the brain that controls regulation of emotions and certain motor functions. While there was activity in this area, there was no activity in the prefrontal cortex, which governs higher mental functioning (Psora).
These all phenomena reveal that sleepwalker are confused and upset and react by walking without consciously knowing that they are doing it (Psora).
The exact cause of somnambulism is unknown, but there are some theories-
1- The part of the brain that controls muscle function is aroused during sleep the sleepwalker begins to move even though he or she is still asleep (Psora).
2- In children, it may be related to fatigue, prior sleep loss, or anxiety or due to undergoing physical and chemical changes due to growth (Psora).
3- In adults, sleep walking is usually associated with a mental disorder but may also be seen with idiosyncrasies to drugs, medications and alcohol, and medical conditions such as partial complex seizures and dementia (Psora/ Syphilis/ Causa occasionalis).
4- In 10-20% of cases there is a familial history of sleep walking, so there is a possibility that it may be genetically inheritable (Psora/ Syphilis).
5- In elderly, it is often a symptom of dementia or complex motor seizure disorders (Psora/ Syphilis).
Somnambulism is a parasomnia, a behavior during sleep that makes the sleeper appearing awaken (Psora). The somnambulist arises during stage 4 sleep, within one to two hours of falling asleep, during non-REM sleep and walks, hesitatingly, with a mystified facial expression and reduced alertness (Psora). On calling, he or she may look at caller, but does not converse or respond to the requests.
During the episode, the somnambulist may simply sit up and appear awake while actually asleep or may get up and walk around. If the walker is tried to be awaken forcefully, by shaking or speaking loud, the patient will become delirious (Psora). After a few minutes to half an hour, the patient lies down in route, or back in bed, resuming regular sleep, and does not recall the walk in morning after waking.
The somnambulist is at risk for injury; for example, he or she could walk into traffic, may jump through a window or commit some abnormal or inappropriate act, even suicide or murder. They may even do complex activities such as moving furniture, going to the bathroom, dressing and undressing, and several other activities. Some people even drive a car while actually asleep.
Diagnosis is typically made by discussion with attendants, observers and clinical physical examination.
Radiological and biochemical studies may be needed to exclude any underlying organic disorder.
EEG may be indicated to reveal any abnormal brain activity as in seizure disorders.
Often treatment is not needed if disorder is mild. Often the patient can voyage over objects, walk out of the house, fall out of windows, or injure themselves with sharp objects like knives. Measures should be taken to avoid him/ her from injury by keeping the floor clear of harmful objects and removing any dangerous materials and sharp objects from the room.
If sleepwalking is frequent or persistent, examination to rule out other disorders such as partial complex seizures may be appropriate. It may also be correct to undergo a psychological evaluation to determine causes such as excessive anxiety or stress, or clinical assessment to rule out other causes. Biofeedback and hypnosis have also been used effectively with individual sleepwalking patients. In very severe cases, tethering to the bed may be indicated.
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Constitutions - WEAK, constitutions - somnambulism, after cocc. luna sulph.
DREAMS – SOMNAMBULISTIC sil.
Dreams - SOMNAMBULISTIC, dreams op. sil.
GENERALITIES - PAIN - somnambulism, after sulph.
GENERALITIES - PAIN - sore, bruised - somnambulism, after sulph.
GENERALITIES - WEAKNESS, enervation, exhaustion, prostration, infirmity-somnambulism, after sulph.
GENERALS - PAIN - somnambulism, after – sore sulph.
GENERALS - PAIN - somnambulism, after sulph.
GENERALS - WEAKNESS - somnambulism, after sulph.
GENERALS - WEAKNESS, enervation - somnambulism, after sulph.
MIND - CROWING like a cock before spells of somnambulism lys.
MIND - DREAMS – somnambulistic sil.
MIND - GESTURES, makes - angry - somnambulism; in meph.
MIND - GESTURES, makes - angry, somnambulism meph.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - children; in kali-br.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - climbing the roofs, railings of bridge or balcony lyc. phos. psor. sulph.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - disappearance of old eruptions, after Zinc.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - emotions; after suppressed Zinc.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - eruptions; after disappearance of old Zinc.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - fasting, from lap-a.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - fright, after, in plethoric subjects acon.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - honor; from wounded ign.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - mental exertion; doing phos. sep.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - moon - full moon Sil.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - moon - new moon Sil.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - strike sleepers from vengeance; to NAT-M. nit-ac.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - suppressed emotions,after Zinc.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - work of the day, to do bry. nat-m. phos. sep. sil. sulph.
MIND - SOMNAMBULISM - work; to make daily art-v. bry. kali-p. mag-m. nat-m. sil. sulph.
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