Are You Falling Asleep During The Day? Maybe There’s a Chemical In Your CSF!

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An interesting new finding shows that approximately 1 out of 800 Americans have a problem falling asleep during the day or even having sleeping binges that can last 24-50 hours at a time! The new study shows that a chemical that is found in these subjects’ cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) may be the culprit. When the GABA (short for gamma-aminobutyric acid) chemical affects the brain, it has a sort of sleep inducing effect that mimics narcolepsy. But when doctors researched it further, they found that administering a medication called flumazenil, which is used in emergency rooms to counteract oversdoses of sedatives, the symptoms are often relieved. In fact, some people claim to feel “alive again.” There are many reasons for feeling extraordinarily tired. Some of the causes include:

  • Chronic Sleep Deprivation
  • Medical and Mental Illnesses
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Narcolepsy
  • Kleine-Levin Syndrome
  • Idiopathic Hypersomnia

Regardless of the reason, it’s a symptom that something may be going on and it could be serious. Be sure to see your doctor and make sure to let him know about the new finding regarding GABA found in a large population of people and not that you’re just lazy!

Roy Shaw

Roy Shaw

Roy is the lead trainer and co-founder of ProTrainings. He is also an EMT paramedic whose opinions about rescue come from many years of experience on the ambulance. In his spare time, Roy is also the host of a video podcast called Roy on Rescue, a show where Roy lets his “Training Mask” slip a little and reveals some of the more personal things about himself and his business and training career.

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