Do you sleep peacefully? Has the thought ever occurred to you that you might be having any sort of sleeping disorder? Well, Mostly people tend to believe that they are normal and so are their sleeping patterns. However, latest psychological research reveals that most people suffer from sleeping disorders that they might not even know or might just want to believe that they do not have. Have you ever come across someone who could sleep in a noisy class, or during an important meeting? Well, that is a sleeping disorder that makes them take ‘power naps’ at such odd time. In this write-up, we have for you the ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know. Don’t doze off while reading these!!!
10. Narcolepsy : Strangest Sleeping Disorders
People suffering from Narcolepsy can fall asleep anytime – whether in class, or on the dinner table, in a meeting, or while talking or eating. The most interesting bit is that they wouldn’t even give you any signs of warning before they go to sleep. This condition of without-a-warning sleep could last for minutes or even hours. This sleeping disorder could be dangerous because the sleeping attack could happen even while you are driving or doing something that really needs to have your eyes wake and wide opened. Narcolepsy certainly deserves to be on our list of ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know.
Hypersomnia is another sleeping disorder to have made it to our list of ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know. This rare sleeping disease, which is believed to affect only 200 people in the whole world at present, comprises of intervals of severe sleepiness. People suffering from Hypersomnia can sleep for abnormal lengths of time – could be 18 hours or in some very severe cases, the condition could last for days and weeks. It obviously affects their entire lifestyle, schedule, work and commitments with friends and family. They are likely to be attacked 10 times during the whole year. Before the condition arrives, there are some symptoms that might help them know they are about to pass out. The common symptoms include flue and continuous headache. The condition can also trigger weight gain and heavy sweating. Hypersomnia can be on different types. There is menstrual-related Hypersomnia, which occurs as a result of hormonal imbalance. And then there is a type of Hypersomnia, which is associated with another sleeping disorder called the Kleine-Levin Syndrome (we will discuss this later in the write-up). When coupled with the latter, it may result in odd behavior activities such as binge eating, aggression, confusion, hallucinations, and hyper sexuality.
Have you ever had the experience of sleeping next to somebody who talks while asleep? Well, that could actually be very disturbing, sometimes freaky and many a times hilarious, as well. This is considered as a strong type of sleeping disorder. Somiloquy, modification of the word soliloquy, refers to sleep talking which might recur from time to time during a stretch of sleep or may occur as a long never-ending speech. It can be very loud, at times. Sometimes, it may not even be very clear, and just be a little mumbling. People often wear mouth-guards to prevent them from speaking during sleeps. This had to be on our list of ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know.
7. Sleeping Beauty Sickness or Kleine-Levin Syndrome
Kleine-Levin Syndrome is also known as Sleeping Beauty Sickness. Under this condition, sufferers sleep most part of the day. Strange, right? That is why we have included it on our list of ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know. This practice may last a few weeks, until they switch back to their normal sleeping pattern/routine. It is a rare form of sleeping disorder, which results from a complex neurological condition marked by recurring intervals of excessive sleep and altered behavior. A person is disinterested in everything and is just not himself/herself for that while.
6. Fatal Familial Insomnia
Next on our list of ten strangest sleeping disorders you need to know, we have Fatal Familial Insomnia. As we all know insomnia refers to a rather common type of sleeping disorder, which involves lack of sleepiness. However, this is certainly different and not as casual as simple insomnia. It is a rare brain disease which affects the function of Thalamus, a part of the brain responsible for regulation of consciousness and sleep. Therefore, when it malfunctions, a person is totally unable to sleep. As the name indicates, it can be fatal. According to a medical research, people suffering from Fatal Familial Insomnia may only live for six to thirty-two months of showing the symptoms of dysfunctional thalamus. As thalamus is also responsible for sensory and motor signals, its impairment can cause loss of motor and cognitive skills, as well as trigger hallucinations. The worst part is that it can be transferred into offspring. If a parent has it, there is 50% possibility that the child may also suffer from the disorder. According to a study, only 27 families around the world have been identified with this sleeping disorder.