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Brief History of SUNDS
Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome (SUNDS) was first diagnosed in the mid-50ies. At first it was thought to be related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Four decades later and millions of dollars and hours of research have uncovered surprisingly little about the causes of SUNDS.
Medical examiners in Hawaii were one of the first to make public their findings about SUNDS. In March 1955, a medical examiner, Dr. Nils P. Larsen published twenty one case histories of native Hawaians who had died from what he termed Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome. Newspapers, magazines and tabloids soon ran sensational articles about "Sleeping death". At the time Dr. Larsen believed SUDS was a unique, (and possibly genetic) phenomena among the native Hawaian population.
Not much research was conducted between the 50ies and the early 80ies. The only major research done during this period was conducted in Japan. The results of the Japanese research isolated the phenomena to the minority population of the Caucasoid Ainu in Japan. The researchers believed that cultural stress (due to governmental efforts towards assimilation) was cause of the unexplained deaths.
In the late 70ies and the early 80ies, there was a flurry of international research on the topic of SUNDS. The U.S. experienced an influx of non-literate immigrants from South-East Asia. These tribal people had been recruted from the mountains of Laos and Cambodia to aid the American effort in Vietnam. After the war public and private institutions aided the immigration of these tribal people. Those who couldn't make it to America fled to Thailand where they were kept in large refugee camps.
There were hundrends of cases of SUNDS among these new immigrants from South-East Asia. Local doctors and medical examiners were at a loss as to the reasons of the premature death of healthy young men. Various task forces were initiated both publicly and privately. The largest and most well financed was the task force set up by the auspices of the World Health Organization. In the mid-80ies, there were at least a dozen research organzations studying the problem of SUNDS among South-East Asians. They studied immigrants in America and in Thailand (where SUNDS had become almost epidemic with hundreds of cases reported).
Though no cause was discovered after this decade of intense research, many promising hypotheses were discarded. These included: hereditary, nutritional, toxins, chemical warfare, pollution, and even murder. In the end most of the task forces (including the World Health Organization) gave up in their search for the cause and a cure for SUNDS.
Today few researchers study the puzzling sleep disorder that leads to death. However new research seems to link SUNDS to Sleep Paralysis. The Purpose of this Web Page is to insure furhter research in this area. For those intersted in finding out more about the history of this research and specific arial suties, please consult the bibliography.
Characteristics of SUNDS
The research does agree on what are the common characteristics of a Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome even if its causes remain uncertain.
1) SUNDS almost always affects males (99% of all cases have been males).
2) SUNDS affects young healthy men (+80% of the victims have been between the ages of 22 to 45. -15% had any medical record of previous cardiological impairment and/or familial record of severe cardiological impairment).
3) The death is a result of a miocardial infraction, a heart attack, in the lower left ventricle of the heart.
4) Bodies are found in the supine position, on their back, in bed.
5) Death usually occurs in the first third of the sleep cycle.
6) There appears to be little or no movement or struggle in the dying process of SUNDS (over 50% of the cases died while in bed with their partner and not waking them).
7) Many cases are reported to have a fixed and "terrified" expression on their face.
Despite earlier area/population specific research, SUNDS is a world wide phenomena, from Maui to Mexico City, from Montreal to Manchester, and Mombasa to Mongolia. There is no census on how many cases of SUNDS there are every year, but from my research SUNDS probably runs into the thousands. Unfortunately and undersandably SUNDS is often misdiagnozed, especially in developing countries.
Just as SUNDS is a world wide phenomena, it also seems to have been with man since at least the time of Hellenic Greece. Galen wrote about a case that very well could have been a SUNDS. It is perhaps possible that the accounts of Vampire deaths, Succubi deaths and Witchcraft may have actually been cases of SUNDS. Japanese researchers have uncovered good medical cases of SUNDS reaching back to 1920ies. SUNDS is a very old phenomena.
Most cultures have folkloric explanations for SUNDS. Usually the explantion is either witchcraft or the breaking of some cultural taboo. Among the Mong of South-East Asia, the belief is that SUNDS is the result of angry ancestrial ghosts. In many parts of the Caribbean "nightmare death" is attributed to bats. In Japan often spectral foxes are considered the culprit. In the West Counties of Ireland, fairies are believed to have killed the victims. The Inuit Eskimo believe the death is caused by the "Snow Witch". The list goes on...It seems most cultures have some sort of explanation for these mysterious deaths. Often these explanations are similar or identical to the explanations for sleep paralysis.
Medical research is yet to uncover a cure for SUNDS. A list of folklore remedies can be found in the sleep paralysis section of this site.
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