Oxygen Model of Healthful Sleep and Sleep Disorders

Majid Ali, M.D.

As is the day, so the night. Sleeping persons are not dead persons. These simple facts of life have influenced my thinking on sleep more than any other.

I do not remember my grandparents ever complain of sleep problems. Two of them lived for 101 years. It is, of course, possible that they did not consider me fit for bringing up such subjects. It seems unlikely. Two of them lived for 101 years. They spoke about all possible subjects in my presence. Why would the matter of sleep be kept away from me.

Since Nature chose oxygen to drive all aspects of human evolution, it seems logical to me that if the crucial restorative aspects of life must also be under its influence. I anticipate skeptics to frown at this. And this is the point of my offering my Oxygen Model of Sleep. Here is my model. The readers can read it and decide for themselves whether or not everything they have read about restorative sleep and sleep disorders is covered by my model.

After the description of the model given below, the readers are encouraged to read the companion article entitled “Dr. Ali’s Seven Top Natural Remedies for Sleep.”

The Oxygen Model of Sleep Disorders

My Oxygen Model of Sleep Disorders is an extension of my Oxygen Model of Health and Disease. It is a unifying model that explains all aspects of sleep disorders—causes, clinical course, consequences, and control—on the basis of disturbed oxygen function. The most important among these compromised and/or blocked functions are: (1) oxygen signaling; (2) oxygen’s ATP energy generation; (3) oxygen’s detergent functions; (4) oxygen’s cellular detox functions; (5) oxygen-regulated cell membrane and matrix functions; (6) oxygen’s cellular repair roles. Like other models of health and diseases, the Oxygen Model of Sleep Disorders provides a simple model that allows people to reduce complexities of diverse clinical syndromes into a workable simplicity.

This model predicts that ongoing research will reveal that components of acidosis (excess acidity), oxidosis (increased oxidative stress), and CUD (clotting-unclotting dysequilibrium) will be found to play important roles in the pathology and clinical features of all sleep disorders.

The crucial importance of the Unifying Oxygen Model of Sleep Disorders is that it:

* Explains the scientific basis of physiology of sleep;

* Sheds light how healthful sleep preserves health and prevents disease;

* Elucidates how toxicities of foods, environments, and thoughts disturbs sleep;

* Reveals the mechanisms by which various detox therapies restore healing effects of optimal sleep;

* Allows the formulation of rational and effective designs for reversing sleep sleep disorders; and

* Provides explanations of mechanisms by which time-honored natural remedies work.

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