8 Weirdest Sleeping Disorders
March 16, 2015
A good night’s sleep is one of the best things that can happen after a tiring day. We lie on our beds with foams as soft as clouds, and eventually arrive at dreamland. But what if you don’t have the tendency to sleep? Or what if you tend to sleep a lot? Weird isn’t it? These are actual sleep disorders. Insomnia’s not the only sleep disorder that exists, and there are those weirder and worse.
Here we’ve listed 9 of the weirdest sleeping disorders
Exploding Head Syndrome
Exploding Head Syndrome is a sleep disorder in which a person suffering from it could hear a loud noise just before falling asleep. The sound that could be heard ranges from the sound of a bomb exploding to a loud banging noise, which causes distress and disturbance in sleep.
Fatal Familial Insomnia (FFI)
FFI is a very rare and fatal brain disease in which the thalamus, the part of the brain that’s in charge for sleeping, is disabled. This genetically inherited disorder is also accompanied by hallucinations, followed by loss of motor and cognitive skills. There are no known cures for this yet.
Another very rare disorder that causes anyone with it to sleep for up to 20 hours a day, Kleine-Levin Syndrome is most commonly known as Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. There are even times when the sleep extends to a number of days or weeks. When awake, anyone with it is observed to have a very large appetite and a different personality. Oftentimes, the person with the disorder doesn’t have any memories of when s/he was awake.
One of every 2,000 people suffer from narcolepsy. People with narcolepsy experience sudden sleepiness, which is an extremely serious case. There are no known and effective cures for narcolepsy yet.
Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Syndrome
Our bodies have a 24-25 hours body clock, unlike those people suffering from one of the rarest sleep disorders existing. Someone with this disorder does not have a stable body clock, in which it may extend from 26 to even 72 hours, making them awake for two days or more.
REM-Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD)
RBD is a sleep disorder in which anyone who suffers it will act out his/her dreams, whichis the complete opposite of sleep paralysis. This disorder is often confused with somnambulism, sleep terrors, and sleep talking. The main difference is that the dreams that anyone suffering from RBD are full of action and can be, at times, violent. It is marked by swearing, shouting, flailing, and kicking. It is observed in men who are also suffering from multiple system atrophy or Parkinson’s disease.
Sleep bruxism, most famous for the term “teeth grinding”, is the clenching or grinding of teeth together during sleep. Studies say that sleep bruxism is caused by stress, tension, anxiety, suppressed anger, or misalignment of teeth. This condition can be treated via mouth guard or therapy. If not prevented, sleep bruxism, despite it not being a serious case, can lead to jaw disorders, damaged teeth, headaches, and other problems.
This is the most famous sleeping disorder, portrayed in different fictions like Sleepwalking and Silent Hill. Sleepwalking is not only walking while asleep, since there are cases in which sleepwalkers can do daily tasks, including getting on a car and even driving. Unfortunately, doing these things while asleep usually and obviously lead to accidents.
Sleepwalkers often don’t remember what they did, but wake up with glassy eyes or clumsy speaking. It is believed that somnambulism is caused by underlying problems like seizures, sleep apnea, PTSD, or arrhythmias, making it untreatable.
With these bizarre bedtime problems, it’s only right that we should appreciate and cherish our sleep since the body’s rest is needed to have a good day’s start.