Sleep Disorders & Bedwetting
All bedwetters share a deep sleep pattern
Our founder, Barbara Moore, followed many doctorsʼ recommendations like surgery and therapy for her daughter, Gaile, which proved to be unproductive and unnecessary.
Determined to find a cure for Gaileʼs bedwetting, Barbara spent years researching, which led to the discovery of a breakthrough study by Dr. Roger J. Broughton. The studyʼs findings concluded that all bedwetters share a deep sleep pattern. Our center has decades of clinical and anecdotal experience which proves that the only effective treatment and cure for bedwetting is to change the pattern of sleep. Chronic bedwetting is the symptom caused by the inherited sleep disorder. This same sleep disorder causes sleep apnea, excessive snoring, sleepwalking, night terrors, insomnia, and bruxism.
Dr. Broughton and Sleep Disorders
Dr. Roger Broughton has always been captivated by the dissociations between wakefulness and sleep. Imagine talking to a patient who is fast asleep but responds as if awake, and after being awakened has no recollection of the conversation. This is what is called deep-sleep bed wetting.
The sleep study conducted by Dr. Broughton is titled, “Sleep Disorders: Disorders of Arousal? Enuresis, Somnambulism, and Nightmares Occur in Confusional States of Arousal, not in “Dreaming Sleep.”
The result of the study “Sleep Disorders of Arousal,” by Roger J. Broughton, shows the differences in normal sleep patterns and those of a bedwetter. In normal sleep, people fall slowly from Stage 1 (lightest sleep) into deeper stages, and then back to lighter stages, where itʼs easy to awaken. A bedwetter falls quickly into deep sleep and stays there for longer periods.
Sleep Problems and Sleep Disorders
The Child Development Institute confirms the deep sleep problem. “Chronic bedwetting is thought to be related to a deep sleeping pattern.” Apparently these children often sleep so deeply that they are not aware of the message the bladder sends to the brain saying it is full. It is presumed that bedwetting is an inherited condition. Usually a parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or other family member(s) will have had the condition.
The Institute goes on to say “By the first grade, most children are embarrassed by their bed-wetting condition. They tend to withdraw from social activities that require sleeping outside their home. They also often suffer from low self-image.”
Practice Makes Permanent
Brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, is a term that refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. Up until the 1960s, researchers believed that changes in the brain could only take place during infancy and childhood. By early adulthood, it was believed that the brain’s physical structure was permanent. Modern research has demonstrated that the brain continues to create new neural pathways and alter existing ones in order to adapt to new experiences, learn new information, and create new memories.
Practicing a behavior enables it to become automatic over time. Progress is slow at first, just like it is when you learn any new skill. If you practice enough, the habit becomes more and more automatic over time. In other words, what is in the newly developed neural pathway becomes permanent.
Sleep begins in stages 1 and 2, (theta sleep) and then progresses to 3 and 4, (delta). After stage 4 sleep is complete, stage 3 and then stage 2 are repeated before entering REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is where we dream. Once REM sleep is over, the body usually returns to stage 2. We then cycle through these stages approximately four or five times throughout the night. During the last one or two cycles, there is no delta sleep at all.
On average, we enter the REM stage approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The first cycle of REM sleep might last only a short amount of time, but each cycle becomes longer. REM sleep can last up to an hour as sleep progresses. Good quality sleep requires both non-REM and REM sleep in uninterrupted cycles.
In most studies, sleep electroencephalograms have demonstrated no differences or only nonspecific changes in children with and without nocturnal enuresis. When surveyed, however, parents consistently maintain that their children with nocturnal enuresis are “deep sleepers,” compared with their offspring who are not bed-wetters. Other surveys have found that children with nocturnal enuresis are more subject to “confused awakenings,” such as night terrors or sleepwalking, than children who do not wet the bed. Source: American Family Physicians – article published in 2003