Top 10 Bizarre Sleeping Disorders
10 Strangest Sleeping Disorders NUMBER 10: SLEEP PARALYSIS Sleep paralysis is a terrifying phenomenonwhere an individual wakes up during REM sleep, to find that their body is effectively paralyzed. This petrifying encounter can last from severalseconds to several minutes and is often accompanied by panic attacks and hallucinations. Stress, depression and lack of sleep haveall been linked to sleep paralysis but, as there is no clear cause of the condition,there is no guaranteed way to prevent it.
Sources: NHS, Webmd, Independent, The Guardian,Sleep Education. NUMBER 9: SLEEP APNEA Approximately 18 million Americans are affectedby sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that causes people to stop breathing during thenight, leaving them at risk of dying in their sleep. There are two main types of sleep apnea. Obstructivesleep apnea is where the throat muscles relax and the airways close. Central sleep apneais when the brain stops sending messages to the breathing muscles so in a sense suffererssimply forget to breath.
The disorder is brought on by a variety ofcauses, including excess weight, high blood pressure or smoking. Some patients have tosleep wearing air pressure masks that regulates their breathing. Sources: Sleep Dex, NHS, Sleep Health Foundation,EMedicine, Mayo , University Wisconsin Health. NUMBER 8: REM SLEEP BEHAVIOR DISORDER REM Sleep Behavior prevents an individual'smuscles from paralyzing during sleep. This means that sufferers will act out theirdreams. They can talk, kick and even walk
about as though they were awake. In 2008, fatheroftwo Brian Thomas learnedhow devastating this disorder can be. Whilst acting out a dream in which he believed hewas fighting off intruders, Thomas strangled his wife Christine to death. Due to his history of the condition and numerouscharacter references, Thomas was acquitted of the murder. Sources: National Sleep Foundation, The Guardian,BBC, Sleep Association. NUMBER 7: EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME
Exploding Head Syndrome is when individualshear loud imagined noises when they are on the point of falling asleep or waking up. The noises have been described as soundingsimilar to bombs exploding, cymbals crashing or doors slamming. Some sufferers say theyare accompanied by flashes of light or muscle spasms. And the condition is surprisingly common.A study by the European Sleep Research Society found that a staggering 18% of people haveexperienced it at least once. Exploding Head Syndrome is caused by a suddenburst of neural activity, most probably brought
on by sleep disruption, such as jet lag ortemporary insomnia. Sources: Sleep Education, BBC, European SleepResearch Society, Sleep Association, The Guardian. NUMBER 6: KLEINELEVIN SYNDROME Also known as â€˜Sleeping Beauty Syndrome',KleineLevin Syndrome mainly affects teenage boys. Sufferers spend up to 23 hours a day asleep,sometimes for many days or weeks in a row. When they are awake, they tend to have heightenedhunger and sexual drives. The syndrome occurs over several years, withbreaks of a few months in between episodes.
Trouble in Bed When Sleep Turns Against Us
Say you've been napping, like between classes, or after a long night out, or, I don't know, after broadcasting on YouTube for 48 straight hours to raise money for charity. Now, imagine you waking up, and suddenly you discover that you can't move. You want to speak, but you can't; you're mind is acutely aware of what's happening, but you are powerless to get your body to do anything. It may last a few seconds, it may last a few minutes, in rare cases it can last more than an hour it's called Sleep Paralysis and you might not have to imagine it
because up to 40% of us have experienced this sleep disorder at some point in our lives. I am one of them. We don't like to think about the bad things that can go on while we're in dreamland just as we hate the disorders that keep us from even falling asleep Hello, Insomnia. But even though we've talked a lot on this show about the science of sleep Why we need it Why we dream
and where dreams come from. There is a whole other polymorphously messed up realm of human biology that explains what happens when sleeps turns against us. We can't turn our brains off. We forget to breathe. We have waking hallucinations. Some of us even walk, eat, run, and have entire conversations when we're asleep. The halfasleep brain is a crazy place
and once you understand it, you may never see the back of your eyelids the same way again. (intro music) When most people think of the things that cramp our sleep style they think, Insomnia. But defining, diagnosing, and treating this most common sleep disorder can be tricky. In fact, for a long time, most scientists considered insomnia to be a symptom of another problem like depression, anxiety, asthma, stress, substance abuse, a traumatic injury even jetlag Though, today, insomnia is considered by many to be a chronic disease of its own
that interacts with other medical conditions So, if you've ever had prolonged trouble falling asleep, or staying asleep but you don't have any other health issues then s would probably say that you have Primary Insomnia. If you do have something else going on, like a physical or psychological condition then you've got Secondary Insomnia. And most cases of Secondary Insomnia are chronic meaning it lasts for more than a month.
There are also cases of Acute or shortterm Insomnia which is usually triggered by stress or some specific life event Whatever the cause scientists believe these Insomnias are the result of the simple but eternal struggle between arousal and sleepiness. More and more research is suggesting that a condition known as HyperArousal where the nervous system remains in a constant state of alert may be the main reason for chronic insomnia.