5 Strange Things That People Do During Sleep - Parasomnias That Would Scare The Crap Out of You
For most people, sleep is a time of rest. They go to bed tired, sleep soundlessly, and then wake up. However, some people suffer from sleep disorders, also known as parasomnias, and they spend the night doing many strange things.
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Sleepwalkers look like they are straight out of a horror movie. Their eyes are open, and technically they can see, but they have blank expressions on their face while they pace back and forth, eat a sandwich, or even clean the house. Episodes can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
Sleepwalkers are quite clumsy while they walk and can easily trip over things in their way, or even walk through glass doors. Injury is not uncommon. Worse, sleepwalkers also have the capability to hurt others. They can start a car and drive it in their state, and they can even commit violent crimes such as assault or murder. All of this occurs with no awareness in the moment, or recollection in the morning.
Many people believe that sleepwalking occurs while acting out dreams, but in 1965, scientists discovered that sleepwalking actually occurs outside of REM sleep (when most dreams occur). While sleepwalking is most common in children and disappears into adulthood, but adults are not immune to it. Sleep disorders, stress, worry, alcohol consumption, and certain medical conditions can all contribute to sleepwalking.
Example of a night terror
2. Night Terrors
The best way to give your spouse a heart attack in bed would be to have a night terror, as the scene is scary, to say the least. A person having a night terror will suddenly sit upright in bed and let out a bloodcurdling scream. They will usually be sweating, panicking, and terribly frightening to look at during the episode.
Another weird and scary fact is that a person suffering from a night terror cannot be talked out of it. That means the duration of the night terror, usually under a minute, is unstoppable by anyone in the room. Afterwards, the person often goes straight back to sleep and has no memory of it in the morning, while anyone else in the area is left to shiver under his or her covers for the rest of the night.
The cause for night terrors is unknown. When a person suffering from a night terror recalls an image, it is usually just a still image of something scary, like a monster or animal in a frightening pose, and intense fear may be the reason they occur.
3. Confusion Arousal
A person who is experiencing confusion arousal can be compared to a person who is drunk. They often wake up and do odd things, like talking into a remote as if it were a telephone. They usually make noise consisting of mumbling or moaning, but they do not respond to other people’s voices. Episodes usually last under a minute, but can occur for up to 45 minutes, and they usually result in the person going back to sleep without memory of it in the morning.
Confusion arousal can run in families, and are thought to happen because of an abnormal arousal mechanism. Other causes may be drug or alcohol abuse, sleep deprivation, psychotropic medication use, and being forced to wake up suddenly.
4. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
During REM sleep, when dreams are likely to occur, most people experience a sort of paralysis that prevents them from acting out their dreams. However, some people lose that paralysis during the night, and they are then free to act out their dreams in a big way. They can kick, scream, punch, and in some cases jump out of bed and onto tables or chairs.
This behavior usually results in relationship problems, or at the very least, separate bedrooms. This is because anyone in bed with someone suffering from this disorder may receive a black eye or bruises before they even know what is going on, because they are also in REM sleep.
This is a disorder generally reserved for people over the age of fifty, but younger people are also susceptible. It can occur in people who suffer a malfunction in the brain stem that inhibits body movement during the night. It can also occur in people who suffer a stroke or dementia.
5. Sleep Eating
If you find that you are gaining weight, even though you are on a diet, then you may be sleep eating. Sleep eaters will get up in the middle of the night to fix themselves a snack, usually a high-calorie snack that they would not eat during the day. Often this results in weird food combinations such as a hot-dog dipped in peanut butter or dog food on top of ice cream. Just as with sleepwalking, a sleep eater cannot be woken up. Many times, a sleep eater will carelessly prepare the food which results in burns and cuts.
The disorder does not result from hunger, as people suffering from it often eat before bed. Instead, certain medications such as Lithium may cause this behavior. Also, other or personality disorders may be the trigger for this strange behavior. diet disorders
So, the next time you wake up because of something as simple as the urge to go to the bathroom, thank your lucky stars that you do not have one of the above sleep disorders. And if you share a bedroom, let your partner know how lucky they are to have you as a bedmate.
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