It’s the wee hours of the morning, and you’re sound asleep. Suddenly, your eyes snap open, and you feel a strange sense of dread. Confused but oddly wide awake, you reach for your phone and see that it’s 3 AM. You’ve woken up in the middle of the night… again!
Your partner is sound asleep, your children aren’t crying, and your dog is curled up at the foot of your bed. There are no irregular noises coming from inside or outside your home. So, what the heck woke you up?
Parasites Have a Habit of Waking You In the Middle of the Night
Waking up randomly in the middle of the night is not only frustrating, it can be a sign of intestinal parasites. If you experience frequent wake-ups in addition to other mystery symptoms you and your doctor can’t explain, you may have a hidden parasitic infection.
Parasitic infections are caused by three main types of organisms:
- Protozoa – These are single-celled organisms that can live and multiply in human hosts. A common protozoan infection is Giardia intestinalis, a parasitic infection found in the intestines.
- Helminths – These multi-celled organisms can live independently or in a human host. Flatworms, ringworms, roundworms, and tapeworms all fall into this category.
- Ectoparasites – Also multi-celled organisms, these parasites live in or feed off of human skin. Examples are fleas, ticks, mites, and mosquitoes.
Like many predators, parasites are nocturnal, meaning they are most active at night. This is when these little buggers breed, feed, and excrete waste inside you, which causes your body to release stress hormones called cortisol and adrenaline in an attempt to reduce inflammation.
These stress hormones trigger feelings of anxiety and panic, which heightens your awareness of everything around you. Since cortisol counteracts the sleep hormone, melatonin, when it wakes you, it may feel almost impossible to fall comfortably back to sleep.
Over time, all this excess cortisol in your system will counteract anabolic hormones, making it difficult to heal from even minor illnesses and injuries. When this happens, the parasitic infection progresses, your detoxification systems become overburdened, and the cycle continues.
Where Could I Possibly Have Picked up a Parasite?
If you’re like most people, the thought of a parasite infection seems pretty far-fetched because that only happens in Third World countries, right? Nope. Not true at all. As a matter of face, millions of people from the United States and Canada are believed to be infected.
You can become infected with parasites from eating raw fish or undercooked meat, drinking impure water, touching an infected animal, or intimate contact with an infected person.
Signs You’re Infested With Parasites
The symptoms of human parasitic infection are similar to those of certain autoimmune diseases, bacterial infections, fungal infections, neurological disorders, and even mental illnesses. This is why it can be next to impossible to get a proper diagnosis unless your doctor knows exactly what to look for.
However, there are some symptoms that stand out above the rest and are a stronger indication of parasites.
Do these symptoms sound familiar to you?
1. Waking up in the middle of the night (especially with anxiety)
If you’re waking up between the hours of 1 AM and 3 AM every day, especially with feelings of anxiety or panic, you may be infected with parasites.
2. Rectal itching
The most common symptom of pinworms is rectal itching. The itching often comes on suddenly and can be very intense.
3. Loose stools containing blood and mucus
Another sign of intestinal parasites is diarrhea with blood and mucus, as parasites change the fluid balance in your gut.
4. Grinding your teeth in your sleep
Grinding your teeth in your sleep could be a sign that your body is in a constant state of stress and anxiety while you try to rest.
5. Your lower intestines make horrible noises
While tummy rumbling and gurgling is normal, the sounds that accompany an intestinal parasitic infection are lower down in the intestines and very intense. These noises can be audible across a quiet room, and you may actually feel like something is moving around in your gut. If this happens at night, you almost definitely have parasites.
6. You have iron-deficiency anemia
Worm infections can cause blood loss and iron loss from the gastrointestinal tract.
7. You don’t feel satisfied after meals
Parasites are nasty little buggers that take the best nutrients from your food for themselves, leaving you with the scraps. This may make you feel hungry all the time. No matter how much you eat, you don’t feel full, and you don’t gain weight.
8. Sudden, unexplained weight loss
Even if you eat plenty and often, poor nutrient absorption coupled with chronic diarrhea attacks can cause you to suddenly drop pounds at an alarming rate.
Think You Have Parasites? Here’s What to Do!
If, after reading this article, you’re creepily convinced you might have parasites, here are some things you can do.
The first order of business is to get tested to discover if parasites are causing your mystery symptoms. You can talk with your doctor and ask for a test or order a test online and take it to a lab near you (this is a good option for those without insurance or whose doctor will not order these tests).
Change Your Diet
The first step in treating a parasitic infection is to stop feeding them! This means eating a whole-food diet and staying away from fast food, sugar, sugar substitutes, food dyes, MSG, and other synthetic additives and preservatives that feed those invaders while starving you.
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Evict Those Little Buggers!
Once you’ve gotten a diagnosis, made the proper changes to your diet, and you’re feeling a bit stronger, it’s time to evict those nasty little buggers from your system once and for all!
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Parasitic infection is no joke, and it can cause serious and long-lasting health problems. In addition to making dietary changes and healing your gut, be sure to talk with a gastroenterologist and/or nutrition expert to help you experience total healing without possible complications.
Also, if your doctor doesn’t believe you or mistreats you, get a second opinion immediately. You shouldn’t have to continue suffering because of ego or ignorance on the part of a doctor who is supposed to be helping you.