Sleep is one of the most important parts of our everyday lives and for most of us, we consider sleep as one of life’s greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, there are some who don’t find pleasure in sleeping. Here the list of top 10 most bizarre sleep disorders that affect many people today.
Sexsomnia is a sleep malady that is characterized by sexual acts being committed while asleep. This is considered as a variant of the more common case of sleepwalking. In many instances, individuals who are aware of their problem choose not to seek professional help because of limited understanding of the sleep disorder.
Narcolepsy is defined as a neurological disorder where an individual dozes off during the most unlikely occasions and at random times. Those who suffer from narcolepsy normally go directly to REM stage as soon as they fall asleep and rarely revert to non-REM stage where one experiences the restful part of their sleep.
Somniloquy is a sleep disorder characterized by talking out loud while asleep. In several cases, the person will talk out loud and go into lengthy speeches and this can occur in episodes while the person is sleeping. The sleep-talking usually occurs as one makes the transition from one period of arousal to another during non-REM sleep.
4. Kleine-Levin Syndrome
This rare type of sleep disorder is characterized by the person’s need for abnormal amounts of sleep. In extreme cases, there are those individual who suffer from this kind of sleep disorder who require 20 hours of sleep a day.
5. Sleep Apnea
This sleep disorder is characterized by the sudden cessation of breathing of the person while asleep. This can occur in episodes while the person is sleeping. In most cases, individuals are not aware that they have this problem and it would take a medical specialist to confirm the presence and extent of the sleep disorder.
This disorder is characterized by the inability of the body to adopt with the normal 24-hour sleeping cycle. As a result of this disorder, the body would resist the urge and need to sleep in a regular night and day pattern. If the condition remains untreated, the person would progress into a more severe wake and sleep cycle.
7. Restless Legs Syndrome
This sleep disorder is characterized by the need to continually move one’s body or specific parts of the body to relieve it of specific uncomfortable sensations that are felt while sleeping.
Bruxism is the most common sleep disorder and it is estimated that 40 million Americans suffer varying degrees of bruxism. The severe condition of bruxism can lead to significant damage to the teeth and individuals suffering from this sleep disorder will develop distinct symptoms of headache and jaw pain.
Parasomnia is commonly defined as night terror and is characterized by temporary failure in regaining consciousness. The person abruptly awakes from slow wave type of sleep, which is accompanied by gasping, screaming or moaning.
10. REM Disorder
A person suffering from REM behavior disorder comes out of the paralyzed state and goes into fits and violent movements. In extreme cases REM behavior disorder may even cause harm and injury to the patient and his or her bed partner.