There is research to suggest that animals can have insomnia (sleeplessness) and other sleep disorders. Abnormal sleep patterns have been discovered only in domestic animals. This most likely means that animals with sleep disorders cannot survive in the wild, but can live successfully in captivity.

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Causes Of Insomnia And Sleep Disorders

There can be many different causes. It could be the result of various medical (physical, psychological) or environmental factors. Disease conditions, pain, medications, and mental disturbance characteristics (Eg: cognitive dysfunction of older dogs) interfere with good sleep and can keep them from sleeping at all because of inability to get comfortable or pacing for hours.

The physiology of sleep in animals is similar to that of humans. Muscle twitches and leg motion are much more apparent in animals. The effect of dreams on an animal’s behavior during daytime is similar to the effect in humans. Lack of good REM sleep can lead to reduced alertness, poor balance, slow learners, altered behavior, and increase in obesity. Horses can have symptoms such as sleep rocking, sleepwalking and night terrors.

categories of insomnia

Primary sleep disorders fall into two categories: narcolepsy and sleep apnea. Narcolepsy is a disease that consists of four primary symptoms: excessive daytime sleepiness, sudden sleep attacks, sudden paralysis, and hallucinations preceding sleep. If not treated, the consequences may be quite serious. Research studies on dogs and Welsh ponies provided information on the physiology of this life-threatening disease and the role of genetic predisposition.

The second class of primary disorders is apnea, which means the breathing can stop during sleep. During normal sleep, there are regular respiratory pauses in slow wave sleep, and very irregular and short stops during REM sleep. Animals (like humans) experience apnea for several seconds with no ill effect. Breathing that becomes interrupted for long periods of time can be followed by spasms of diaphragm muscles, unpleasant and loud snoring, and gasping in sleep. This type of apnea syndrome (with upper airway obstruction during sleep) has been found in Persian cats and bulldogs.

Based on research, Alpha-Stim can help to reduce the effects of insomnia and improve the quality of sleep patterns.

Benefits of Microcurrent Therapy:

  • Raise serotonin and beta-endorphins to calm and induce an alpha state
  • Stimulates synthesis of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) – an immediate energy source for muscle contraction and essential in the metabolism of all organisms
  • Stimulates cellular reproduction
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Stimulates nerve transmission
  • Stimulates acupuncture points and immune response
  • Reduces scar tissue and stimulates wound healing
  • Stimulates production of collagen – the most important component of wound healing
  • Increases blood capillary circulation and vascular activity
  • Increases RNA/DNA synthesis for replacement of damaged cells

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The Alpha-Stim results are impressive!

Following a vaccination a 4 year old Yorkshire Terrier developed a fever, followed by a rash, and then paralysis in both rear legs. The neurologist gave his family a 20-40% chance of ever walking again. This is when he was brought to me. I immediately initiated Alpha-Stim microcurrent therapy. By 10 days he as using his right rear leg and then a few days later he developed some motor function in the left rear leg. This was a happy day!

On the first visit he lacked any deep pain. Now is deep pain positive both rear limbs – I love my career and Alpha Stim Microcurrent therapy!

Carol Jurca, PTA, CCRP from Canine Physical Rehab
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Ernie Beutenmiller, Beutenmiller Livestock, Cutting Horse Trainer and AQHA Professional Judge

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