Insomnia is a very common ailment, which unfortunately can afflict most of us at least once in our life. When we suffer from insomnia, we cannot rest even if our body needs to sleep, and in the long run our body suffers the consequences.
Insomnia can cause slow reflexes, irritability, memory or concentration problems, and other unpleasant symptoms.
Fortunately, however, for most of us, the disorder can be resolved through a lifestyle change or the use of specific medications to help rest.
But this does not happen for everyone.
Some people suffer from a very rare genetic disease that never allows them to sleep. It is a very serious disease with life-threatening existence. We see the terrible disease that leads to death from insomnia.
It is a genetic disease
This disease is called ‘Fatal Familial Insomnia’. It is a disorder that develops on average around 50 years of age. The affected person sleeps less and less, up to the point of not being able to sleep at all. The disease leads to death within months.
The terrible disease that leads to death from insomnia it is hereditary: If a parent is affected, the chances are high that the children are affected too.
Fortunately this is a very rare disorder: there are no more than 40 families in the world in which cases of Fatal Familial Insomnia have been found.
Due to its rarity, it can be difficult to diagnose, and is sometimes confused with other diseases.
But what are the symptoms of fatal familial insomnia?
Hallucinations and weight loss
The person suffering from this terrible disease sleeps less and less. Lack of rest can lead to hallucinations, phobias, panic attacks. Symptoms such as weight loss, high blood pressure, muscle stiffness also occur.
However, the only way to be sure of the diagnosis is to carry out a genetic test, which can reveal the presence of the genes carrying this disease.
But don’t panic, for most of us a good sleeping pill will do a relaxing herbal tea to cure us of the annoying insomnia.
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