November 19, 2012
Accidents happen even in our time of sleep. While some of these misfortunes only end up giving us minor scars and bruises, more serious incidents can actually lead to death itself. Yeah, it sucks. Big time. How can we prevent these accidents if we are, you know, unconscious? Choking during sleep is one of such unusual sleeping accidents that occur more frequently than you might expect. If you have experienced this before, consider talking to your doctor about it.
Falling out of bed is another unusual thing to experience when asleep. Even in sleep, our mind is conscious of its surroundings, which explains why people sleeping on narrow surfaces don’t fall off. However, over fatigue, mind disorders and the abuse of sleeping pills could cloud our subconscious, leading to such tumbling circumstances.
Sleepwalking is a sleeping disorder that occurs when people walk or engage in other activities while they are in their slumber. Each night people go through several cycles of non-REM and REM sleep. Sleepwalking, or somnambulism, most often occurs during deep, non-REM sleep (Stage 3-Stage 4 Sleep) early in the night. Some people mistakenly believe that a sleepwalker should not be awakened. It is not dangerous to awaken a sleepwalker, although it is common for a freshly-awakened “walker” to be confused and/or disoriented during their first minutes of consciousness.
Though Alcohol Intoxication isn’t necessarily life-threatening, it could lead to potential accidents that are hazardous. A person who goes to sleep intoxicated can easily suffer from various kinds of sleep misfortune, which can lead to death. Too much alcohol will lead to depressed senses and a cloudy sensorium. It can also affect judgment in the sense that it could cause you to trip around the house
Lastly, asphyxiation is an unpleasant circumstance that could cause a person to fall into a coma as it deprives the body of oxygen. Persons suffering from this can find themselves unable to wake up, falling into that permanent inescapable sleep known as death. People suffering from asthma are prone to asphyxiation, so be sure to take your medications regularly to avoid experiencing this serious incident.
The sleeping accident can happen anytime and anywhere without preamble. Even in the confines of our home and in the comfort of our bed, incidents can certainly caught us off guard. Just to be safe, certain precautions must be observed to avoid regrets later on.