Wellness: Three Weird Sleeping Habits
Sleepwalking, sleep eating and insomnia are some of the most well-known sleep disorders out there, and they’ve even considered pretty normal nowadays. However, there are still a few sleeping habits that we’d class as weird, including the three below:
Exploding head syndrome
It might sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, but this is a real sleep disorder. It’s a hypnagogic auditory hallucination and happens when a person gets suddenly awoken by a loud noise coming from within their own head. Sufferers report that it can sound like an exploding bomb, a gunshot or a clash of cymbals. The only good thing about exploding head syndrome is that it doesn’t come with any pain, just fear, anxiety and sometimes a rush of adrenaline that quickly removes any need for more sleep.
Sleep paralysis most commonly occurs when you wake up and are completely unable to move or speak. Needless to say, it’s a pretty scary disorder. All that’s happening when you suffer from sleep paralysis is that your muscles, which are paralysed during sleep, don’t ‘wake up’ when you do. Sleep paralysis can be treated by implementing a regular sleeping pattern and by taking medication.
S3xsomnia is a rare disorder that causes the sufferer to initiate sex acts while still asleep and then often be unable to recall them when awake. Obviously, sexsomnia can be much more distressing for the sufferer’s partner, and there have even been a number of cases brought to trial in which the defendant was actually a sexsomniac.
Some sleep medications can cause sexsomnia, so it’s important that those diagnosed with the condition seek help to figure out if any could be affecting them. Recently, the drug clonazepam has been prescribed to successfully treat sexsomnia.
Sleep disorders can be incredibly difficult to deal with and can cause many problems, so it’s vital that you see your doctor if you think you may be suffering from one. Getting a good night’s sleep can ensure you feel well-rested and ready for the day ahead, and a lack of sleep could even lead to other serious health problems.
This article was written by Sam Rigby on behalf of the Odd Mattress Company, a business specialising in bespoke mattresses.
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