Sleeping problems are usually due to well-known factors, such as diet, lifestyle, and maybe health issues. By altering certain practices, a person can get enough sleep. Sadly for some, they could be suffering from unusual sleep disorders that can make sleep a scary or problematic experience. Below are a few examples.
Have you woken up with facial pain or maybe a bad headache? When you look in the mirror, do you notice certain parts of your teeth that are either getting thinner or cracked? If so, you might have bruxism. This is a disorder wherein an individual forcefully grinds his teeth or clenches his jaw while asleep. It is a common problem with no cure. But it can be alleviated with botox injections or mouth guards.
2. Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
As we all know, Sleeping Beauty slept for a long time before her prince charming came and kissed her into wakefulness. Instead of a hundred or so years, those with Sleeping Beauty Syndrome only sleep for about 20 hours or so, each day. Some even sleep for days. The condition is medically known as Kleine-Levin syndrome, and there is no treatment. Doctors sometimes prescribe stimulants, like amphetamines. But it is seldom that a patient’s situation changes with the help of meds.
3. Exploding Head Syndrome
The name is actually alarming, but don’t take it literally. Those who experience Exploding Head Syndrome hear a deafening sound that jolts them awake. Sounds are likened to loud explosions, clashing cymbals, and other thunderous noises. However, these only exist in the affected individual’s head. Luckily, there is no pain. However, this can spark fear in older people because they think that it’s a sign that they’re going to have a stroke. In some rare cases, those with EHS develop insomnia because the sounds that they hear make them fearful of sleeping.
4. Night Terrors
The movie “A Nightmare on Elm Street” pretty much gives you an idea of what a person with night terror undergoes, except that there’s no Fred Krueger. The affected individual feels extreme terror but he is not able to awaken immediately. Night terrors, however, are different from nightmares because those who experience the former are difficult to rouse. Even though you might try hard to awaken a person with night terrors, he’ll probably continue to experience fear for 10 to 20 minutes more. Episodes can turn dangerous when the person becomes physical, which could happen when he tries to “kill the monster” in his dreams.
5. Sleep Paralysis
What is worse than having night terrors that you can’t seem to wake up from? It’s waking up after having a very bad nightmare but not being able to move. This is known as sleep paralysis, a temporary condition wherein you know you’re awake but you feel like a force is pinning you down and not allowing you to move. In China, they say that sleep paralysis occurs when a ghost presses down on you. In Mexico, it’s the spirit of the dead that keeps a person immobile.
6. Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome
In cases of Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome, a healthy young person goes to sleep but never wakes up. This is quite similar to SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, wherein a baby dies in his sleep for no apparent reason. Sudden Unexpected Death Syndrome often occurs in males of Asian origin. Science tries to explain such occurrences as due to overindulgence in carbohydrate-rich foods before bedtime. But those who believe in myths say that this is caused by a scorned female spirit who seeks retribution by taking the lives of men.
Claire Thorpe is a freelancer who has been writing about home improvement matters since 2008. She hopes to provide more info to consumers about certain types of products. Her articles have been used by many businesses, including an Oregon mattress company.