All big animals sleep, but some sleep by day instead of night. When humans do this, that is, work the night shift, they don't feel as well. Humans need about seven hours of sleep out of the twenty-four. Younger ones sleep more; newborns sleep much more. When we are deprived of sleep we are grouchy, think less clearly next day and have less energy. In spite of lots of research at "sleep labs" sleep problems are not understood, except for sleep apnea. Breathing should be even. When breaths are missed it is called apnea. It is especially disturbing when a baby shows apnea.
Since breathing is regulated by acid levels in the blood and this is influenced by air quality, air toxins should be searched for first. Cigarette smoke is an air toxin. Vanadium from a gas leak is a very serious air toxin and can go unnoticed. Do your own checking since gas companies give wrong answers four out of five times. Ask a home construction company to check for gas leaks or the Health Department. PVC from new carpeting may be polluting the air. Arsenic from "treated" carpets and drapes and furniture also pollutes. Asbestos from clothes and hair dryers may be the toxin responsible. Perhaps even fiberglass, formaldehyde, or freon.
Adults with sleep apnea show swollen throat tissues: not necessarily pain. This makes the air passage smaller; long gasps of air are taken to try to make up for the missed oxygen and the carbon dioxide build up.
Swelling of the throat is a common allergic reaction. The possibility of allergy should get second consideration after air quality. Drug reactions, even in a nursing baby, where only the mother is using a medicine could be the problem. Allergy to food, chemicals has been suggested, as well as a simple lack of vitamin C (implicating mold and medicine which consume vitamin C in the detoxification process).
A third possibility is infection. Many bacteria and viruses can cause throat swelling. Redness of the throat is a telltale sign. It doesn't necessarily hurt. Kill all invaders with a zapper and try to understand the basis of low immunity in the throat.
Keeping metal in the mouth constantly, is a cause of tow throat immunity since it must drain past the throat.
If you snore, you can deduce that your throat is swollen, even if you don't have sleep apnea. Pursue all three possible causes (air toxin, allergy, infection).
Overweight and obesity have been emphasized as causes. This may apply to some cases but certainly not to babies.
Whatever you do, don't do nothing. Keep removing bad things until you find the cause of irregular breathing.
Chester Fannon, 5Oish, was quite overweight and wore a mask at night with an air blower to assist his breathing. He had been referred to a sleep center for sleep apnea. He had extreme dryness of his throat at night and some hearing loss in one ear, He was toxic with arsenic (roach killer), bismuth (cologne), tin (toothpaste), and thallium (polluted dentalware). He was infested with both species of Ascahs and had a hacky cough. He had four solvents accumulated in his tissues. He was growing nine pathogens: Mycoplasma, Haemophilus inf., Streptococcus pneu, Astrep, Nocarcija, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cemus and Flu virus, over half of them in his throat. These were killed with a frequency generator and a general cleanup was done. After two teeth were pulled he no longer needed his mask, he no longer had apnea.
Peter Day, middle age, was set for throat surgery in a few days. He had a couple of scary nights when he thought he was dying and couldn't risk many more nights with his obstructed airways. He was overweight His throat was red and swollen, although he felt nothing. He never even had colds. His diet was completely changed, to things he rarely ate (bananas, milk, soup, oatmeal) and off things he ate daily (hamburgers, fries, tea, pancakes with genuine maple syrup). In two days, his throat was quite clear, the tissues having become unswollen. Maybe it was the molds in the maple syrup, maybe it was the oxalic acid in the tea, or something else he could not detoxify in these foods. He was certainly happy not to live the rest of his life with an artificial voice box.
Another sleep disturbance is waking in the night and not being able to go back to sleep for hours. Or not being able to get to sleep.
I believe these problems are caused by a high ammonia level in the brain. This belief is based on two observations. Ornithine, an ammonia reducer, induces a wonderful sleep in sleep-deprived persons. It is also observed that after killing parasites, which produce ammonia, sleep is much improved. Our metabolism does not produce ammonia. We produce urea which is excreted by the kidneys along with water and then called urine. When we are parasitized, our metabolism is burdened with ammonia, though, made by the parasites. We have to turn it into urea in the liver and kidneys so we can excrete for them. But this can't be done in the brain! The brain lacks an essential enzyme, ornithine curbamyl-transferase, for this bit of biochemistry. The brain was never meant to be parasitized or infected and has no defense. Most of our parasites come from animals we associate with. We weren't meant to live with horses, cows, sheep, pigs, monkeys, guinea pigs, cats, dogs and chickens nor to come in contact with dozens more at a zoo. We do so at our own peril.
It is known that ammonia is a strong brain irritant. In fact, a person can be awakened from a coma by being made to smell ammonia "smelling salts." Omithine reacts with ammonia, mopping it up like a sponge. Arginine, another amino acid, also reacts with ammonia, but does not put you to sleep. So there is more to insomnia than mere inability to reduce ammonia levels. Arginine results in alertness and therefore should be used in the morning, when needed. Ornithine, given at bedtime, may take 1/2 hour to do its magic. Both are perfectly safe, since they are natural to your body, and a food constituent.
Start by taking two ornithine capsules (each 500 mg.) on the first night. Take four the next night. Take six the night after and choose the dose you like best. Sometimes it takes five days to "catch up" on everything that needs to be done for the brain and get you sleeping. Meanwhile, of course, you are planning to kill your parasites and be done with insomnia in the most effective way of all.
Another sleep aid is herbal. A couple of herbs, valerian and skullcap, are known for such action. The mechanisms are not understood and this makes for nonuniform action. Some persons sleep well with them, others do not. Simply try them to find out. We are all so different in our metabolism details, we respond differently to herbs. But it is a blessing that the mechanism is not understood. Herbs, a tradition that precedes civilization, need to be forever off limits for intervention by government agencies.
Tryptophane, another amino acid, is about twice as powerful as omithine, but was taken off the market a few years ago. Some persons taking it daily were seen to become quite ill and some deaths ensued. Since tryptophane had been used in prior years without noticing toxicity, something unusual should have been suspected. My tests showed extreme pollution of tiyptophane capsules. They contained PCBs, mercury, ruthenium, strontium, praseodymium, aluminum, and benzalkonium. I can only speculate that a mixing vat broke, dumping its precious load onto the floor -- but it was salvaged. Or that the mixing vat wasn't cleaned thoroughly from its last use.
Persons with illness due to taking tryptophane developed an extremely high eosinophil count in their blood test -- an index of parasitism, too. Parasitism, that would have led to insomnia in the first place! Were these unfortunate victims seeing the cause or the result of their tryptophane use? This tragic event should have led to a discovery of the heavy pollution, a revelation of the industrial manufacturing process, and a safeguarding against any repetition. It has not been done (certainly not publicly).
Foreign countries' manufacturing processes do not come under U.S. scrutiny or jurisdiction, although some imported products must pass tests. There are no safeguards against repetition of the tryptophane experience. It behooves us to demand safe supplements and medicines. It is not the list of ingredients that informs. Lot analysis, after bottling, would give us the necessary safeguard. The presence of filth contamination and toxins cannot be completely avoided but the consumer can make informed choices if he or she knows it is there. Disclosure, of course, is the bane of the manufacturing business. Interest rate disclosure was the bane of the money lending business. Such important mailers can't be left to "self-regulation" policies. The consumers must simply demand to know what they are consuming.
Ruby Adair, 14, ached all over, had ringing in her ears, sinus problems and chronic fatigue. She couldn't get to sleep, ever; and had been half a year out of school already. She had intestinal flukes in her stomach. In three weeks she had eliminated them with parasite herbs and she could go to sleep naturally.
(From: "The Cure for All Diseases", p. 241-245; Copyright notice)