6 ridiculously strange sleeping disorders ever recorded
Snoring and insomnia are not the only sleep disorders that exist on this planet. There are as many disorders as you might want to imagine just that some have not yet been discovered. If, by any chance, the normal 24 hour sleep-wake cycle is altered, then you are most probably suffering from one sleep disorder or another. The worst part is that some of these disorders have a wicked sense of humor. It is not uncommon to wake up in the morning and hear someone tell you, “You were very active last night!” Do not worry if you cannot remember, most people do not!
This is a very dangerous disorder that forces people to exhibit some really strange habits. Can you imagine you are walking on the streets and then you suddenly fall asleep? In such a case, you will literally ‘fall’ asleep. Narcoleptic people do not have full control of their sleep. They can fall asleep at any moment regardless of what they are doing. The saddest part is that there is no known cure for the disorder. There are treatments for it, but none of them can fully get rid of this problem.
2 Kleine-Levin syndrome
Everyone has read about dear Sleeping Beauty and her one hundred years of sleep. The poor girl was definitely suffering from the Kleine-Levin syndrome and thus, this condition is also known as the Sleeping Beauty syndrome or hypersomnia. A person suffering from this condition will not sleep for a century though. However, one will sleep for as many as 20 hours in a day. You think this is impossible?
3 REM-Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD)
This is the funniest of them all. The sufferer usually enacts what is in their dreams. It is common to confuse this with sleepwalking and nightmares. Some of the common characteristics of this disorder include: yelling, kicking, swearing and other actions as if someone is in a fight. This disorder is commonly found in men. It can and should be treated to avoid it getting worse.
This is a sleep disorder that will leave your teeth hurting when you wake up in the morning. It is characterized by clenching and grinding of the teeth when asleep. It is not only the teeth that get to suffer as a result of this condition. Usually there is severe facial pain that is often accompanied by a headache. It is proposed that this could be a product of snoring, and thus a mouth guard is usually enough for the treatment.
5 Sleepwalking and Talking
These are two conditions that occur very frequently. Even a perfectly normal person will sleep talk. The walking part is quite extreme but it also happens very commonly and especially so in children between the ages of 8-12. Why does it occur? Nobody knows for sure, but psychological disturbances have been blamed. The funniest thing is that you cannot easily awaken someone who is sleepwalking.
6 Sleep Paralysis
It is funny, but still it is a very serious condition. Usually when one is asleep, the brain commands the body to lay still and not move. However, in sleep paralysis, the body becomes paralyzed when falling asleep and/or when waking up. It is not possible to move or speak although you are aware of what is happening. The paralysis can last for minutes, but will go away on its own. It is a very common disorder with close to 40% of the world population experiencing it at one time or another.