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Sleep And Death: Dying In Your Sleep

Why do people die in their sleep? Can people know when death will occur? Read on to discover answers to these questions today.

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You have probably heard that people die in their sleep. To some, this sounds like the best way to go, while for others it’s a scary and devastating idea. Sleep and death, according to many, go hand in hand.

The link between death and sleep has been present even in ancient Greek mythology.

In fact, Sleep was the twin brother of Death, children of the personified gods of Darkness and Night.

There has always been an association between sleep and death. How peaceful is it really when people die in their sleep? Let’s see if a death in sleep is idealized or not.

Why Do People Die in Their Sleep?

Did you know that humans spend one-third of their lives asleep? When you take this into consideration, it comes as no surprise that a huge number of people die in their sleep.

Yet, it’s important to know that there is a huge difference between dying overnight and dying in the latter stages of a fatal disease when unconscious.

It’s more than depressing to hear that a person with no known illness goes to a bed today only not to wake up the next morning.

Although this is shocking and strange to many, medical professionals claim that there is a scientific explanation for this.

You know that the human brain is still a huge mystery. Although there is yet so much to be discovered about the human brain, one thing is for sure – the human brain is active 24/7.

The entire human body is a fascinating machine. It cleans itself, can even heal, and works perfectly when body and mind are synced.

Did you know that when you sleep your body is awake and keeps on working to prepare you for the following day? Or… Did you know that you are actually losing calories while sleeping?

Now you may ask – if a human body is so perfect how come it doesn’t protect people from dying in their sleep? The truth is that, according to scientists, a cumulative loss of cells in the area of the brain that controls breathing can be a cause.

Among people, this condition is known as sleep apnea.

This condition is a breathing disorder when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Sleep apnea occurs because the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control a person’s breathing. Sleep apnea is in most cases leads to sudden cardiac death.

Another possible reason for death in sleep is Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). This term stands for a series of cardiac syndromes that cause sudden cardiac arrest and eventually possible heath.

Some of the reasons for this condition may be the result of structural problems in the heart. Other issues may be the result of irregularities within the electrical channels of the heart.

In fact, anything can disturb cardiac arrest, even in people who are otherwise healthy.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a common household disturber that can eventually lead to death. Household appliances, such as gas fires and central heating systems are frequent sources of carbon monoxide.

Since gas has no smell and no sound, it’s very deadly explaining that this happens because it deprives the blood of oxygen.

If gas builds up in a room, breathing becomes some of the deadliest actions a person has to do, and we all need to breathe.

So, when one inhales lots of gas and it piles up in one’s lungs, it can be extremely deadly, especially if one is asleep. Can you feel symptoms if you are awake? Yes!

When awake, you may feel symptoms such as body weakness, a slight headache, and wooziness, among other many symptoms.

You have probably heard that people die in their sleep. To some, this sounds like the best way to go, while for others it’s a scary and devastating idea. Sleep and death, according to many, go hand in hand.

The link between death and sleep has been present even in ancient Greek mythology. In fact, Sleep was the twin brother of Death, children of the personified gods of Darkness and Night.

There has always been an association between sleep and death. How peaceful is it really when people die in their sleep?

Let’s see if a death in sleep is idealized or not.

Why Do People Die in Their Sleep?

Did you know that humans spend one-third of their lives asleep? When you consider this, it comes as no surprise that a huge number of people die in their sleep.

Yet, it’s important to know that there is a huge difference between dying overnight and dying in the latter stages of a fatal disease when unconscious.

It’s more than depressing to hear that a person with no known illness goes to bed today only not to wake up the next morning. Although this is shocking and strange to many, medical professionals claim that there is a scientific explanation for this.

You know that the human brain is still a huge mystery. Although there is yet so much to be discovered about the human brain, one thing is for sure – the human brain is active 24/7.

The entire human body is a fascinating machine. It cleans itself, can even heal, and works perfectly when body and mind are synced.

Did you know that when you sleep your body is awake and keeps on working to prepare you for the following day? Or… Did you know that you are actually losing calories while sleeping?

Now you may ask – if a human body is so perfect how come it doesn’t protect people from dying in their sleep? The truth is that, according to scientists, a cumulative loss of cells in the area of the brain that controls breathing can be a cause.

Among people, this condition is known as sleep apnea.

This condition is a breathing disorder when breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Sleep apnea occurs because the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control a person’s breathing. Sleep apnea is in most cases leads to sudden cardiac death.

Another possible reason for death in sleep is Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). This term stands for a series of cardiac syndromes that cause sudden cardiac arrest and eventually possible death.

Some of the reasons for this condition may be the result of structural problems in the heart. Other issues may be the result of irregularities within the electrical channels of the heart.

In fact, anything can disturb cardiac arrest, even in otherwise healthy people.

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a common household disturber that can eventually lead to death.

Household appliances, such as gas fires and central heating systems are frequent sources of carbon monoxide.

Since gas has no smell and no sound, it’s very deadly explaining that this happens because it deprives the blood of oxygen.

If gas builds up in a room, breathing becomes some of the deadliest actions a person has to do, and we all need to breathe.

So, when one inhales lots of gas and it piles up in one’s lungs, it can be extremely deadly, especially if one is asleep. Can you feel symptoms if you are awake? Yes!

When awake, you may feel symptoms such as body weakness, a slight headache, and wooziness, among other many symptoms.

Dry Drowning

Dry drowning is one of the rarest conditions, that doctors call post-immersion syndrome.

Dry drowning refers to a situation when a person died more than 24 hours earlier after swallowing or inhaling liquid but showed no signs of breathing trouble.

Medical professionals aren’t fond of this term which is why they call it “post-immersion syndrome” or, less commonly, “delayed drowning.”

Simply said, this occurs when inhaled water, even a drop or two, sits it past the throat and into the lungs. This may cause symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, and extremely low energy of sleepiness.

These symptoms are so mild that they are easy to miss. These symptoms may occur hours if not days after the incident, especially when the victim has fallen asleep.

Dry drowning is a result of a lack of oxygen and has nothing to do with the volume of water present in the lungs. However, doctors know that today a person can die from even the smallest amount of water in the lungs, and those conditions are treated immediately.

How small an amount of water can be harmful? As small as 2 milliliters of water per kilogram of body weight.

What About Near Drowning?

Next to dry drowning, people tend to experience near-drowning as well. This type of drawing refers to cases in which a person survived for some period after seeming to have drowned.

Both dry and near-drowning describe situations in which a person dies 24 hours after being immersed in water. So, what’s the difference between active and passive drowning?

As expected, active drowning refers to people who are conscious when they drown, while on the other hand – passive drowning refers exclusively to unconscious people.

Dry drowning is one of the rarest conditions, that doctors call post-immersion syndrome.

Dry drowning refers to a situation when a person died more than 24 hours earlier after swallowing or inhaling liquid but showed no signs of breathing trouble.

Medical professionals aren’t fond of this term which is why they call it “post-immersion syndrome” or, less commonly, “delayed drowning.”

Simply said, this occurs when inhaled water, even a drop or two, sits it past the throat and into the lungs. This may cause symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, and extremely low energy of sleepiness.

These symptoms are so mild that they are easy to miss. These symptoms may occur hours if not days after the incident, especially when the victim has fallen asleep.

Trauma, Toxins, and Drugs

In some cases, death occurs due to external factors. An earthquake may happen, or a traumatic event during the day that might result in death.

Some people can risk with over-the-counter medicine and therefore increase the risk of death.

Some people may take some drugs, or overdose with alcohol. Also, sedatives and opioids may suppress breathing.

Seven Signs of Death

Death is never easy. Losing a loved one is devastating and each person’s journey is unique. Some people handle better the idea of death than others do.

Those who worry about their final days tend to overthink their existence and wait for their dying moment.

As a result, they may stay awake all night long and miss soem good hours of sleep.

As you already know, missing your sleep w2ill definitely affect negatively your life and everyday routine, leading to a morning headache, sleep deprivation, and various sleep-related conditions, including insomnia.

You can’t know what your last moment will come for sure, but you cat notice some unusual signs that might be a clear sign of death, including:

  • Sleeping more
  • Drinking and eating less
  • Preferring being alone
  • Changing waste functions
  • Low body temperature
  • Weakening muscles
  • Breathing troubles

Still, you should be careful about taking these symptoms as final. These and many other symptoms can just sign of an underlying medical problem.

So make sure that you always talk with your doctor first about any body change and do your best to have a better, healthier, and happier life.

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