Sleep Disorders: The Disorders You Didn’t Know About And The Most Common Sleep Disorders

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Working very hard during the day makes it easier to sleep at night for some people. However, for some others, sleep remains an elusive treasure. Some people are unable to sleep at night even after a hard day’s work and this makes them cranky and less productive.

There are several reasons that can be attributed to the loss of sleep and sleep disorders. While some sleep disorders are more common, others are less common and less likely to be known by people.

To help you understand sleep disorders better and identify them at the early stages to seek proper treatment, the team at Nova Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, LLC has compiled a list of some of the most uncommon sleep disorders you probably never knew.

  1. Sleep-related eating disorder

A sleep-related eating disorder is that which is manifested in people while they are partially or totally asleep. This sleep-related disorder is associated with non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep and can cause people to suffer from episodes wherein they are semi-consciously led to consuming an abnormal amount of food or combination of food items. People suffering from this condition may find it hard to realize and for people around them, it is especially difficult to wake victims from this episode. In some cases, attempts to wake people suffering from this condition may result in a violent outburst, a reaction which is also a part of the episode.

It is important to note that this sleep-related disorder is quite different from waking up in the middle of the night to consume food items that were beyond reach during the day.

  1. Sleep Sex

Sleep sex is also known as sexsomnia. This condition, unlike sex dreams, is characterized by the victim performing the act on another person or on themselves. People suffering from this condition may be caught touching themselves or having sex with other people while being totally oblivious of engaging in the act.

Sleep sex is however characterized by aggressiveness and in some cases, the victim may be seen as domineering and uninhibited. Scientists are however puzzled as to what triggers this action in sufferers but a body of reports points to anxiety, stress and other related factors.

Sexsomnia may present itself in the form of common symptoms like pelvic thrusting, masturbation, sexual intercourse, no recollection of engaging in sexual intercourse with another person, behaviors mimicking sexual intercourse, masturbation, orgasms, and other sexually related behaviors.

  1. Exploding head syndrome

The exploding head syndrome can leave sufferers destabilized for most of the first few minutes after waking up. This syndrome is characterized by a sudden jolt that wakes people up from their sleep, similar to making a loud noise over their heads. The victims of this syndrome usually suffer from extremely loud noises that jars them awake from sleep. Some patients have compared the loud noises to bomb explosion, thunderclaps, gunshots or fireworks.

  1. Catathrenia

Catathrenia can be described as a backward snore, this means that people who suffer from this condition encounter problems during inhalation as opposed to exhalation in the case of snoring.

Victims of this condition which is also known as nocturnal groaning produce loud noises during exhalation and the noise is almost always followed by a sigh or a snort. In some cases, the groans may last for up to 30 seconds in some victims and can get very loud, depending on a variety of factors. Nocturnal groaning, however, does not come with every exhalation, this means that a person may suffer this episode only a few times during the night.

Visiting Nova Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Associates, LLC can expose victims to treatments that are designed to improve the quality of sleep.

  1. REM Sleep Behavior Disorder

Rapid-eye-movement or REM sleep is known as a part of the night when a person gets deep sleep. However, this time of the night may be characterized by irregular breathing, loss of muscle tone, higher blood pressure, and others.

The brain is described as active during the rapid-eye-movement sleep and this is also a time that is characterized by dreams. However, people who suffer from REM sleep behavior disorder are known to not lose their muscle tone, this means that they engage in as many activities as they are virtually immersed in during the dream time.

This condition may be characterized by kicking, jumping from the bed, grabbing, flailing, punching, talking, screaming or yelling and other activities.

Generally, a person suffering from this condition is mirroring the acts engaged in during sleep time.

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