You can never underestimate the value of a good night’s sleep. I mean, there’s nothing like going to bed and waking up the next day as fresh, rested, and energetic as ever.
It has been a long day, it’s late at night and all you can think is getting into bed and having a couple of hours of restful sleep. However, if you have any of the sleep disorders we are going to tell you about, those plans of resting can be very much interrupted.
Rapid Eye Movement Disorder
When we sleep, our body cycles between stages of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. In theory, when you are in the REM sleep stage, your body shuts down all voluntary muscles in order to prevent you from acting out the dreams you are experiencing. This doesn’t happen when you have Rapid Eye Movement Disorder. People with this condition can make vocal sounds or violent movements of hands and feet that are a direct response to their dreams. People with this disorder are usually easy to wake.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
Its official name is Kleine-Levin Syndrome, and it’s far from being a fairy tale. People with this disorder can sleep up to 20 hours at a time and it can last from days to weeks; some people don’t have any recollection of those sleep sprees. Although the reference of its nickname, Kleine-Levin Syndrome affects primarily teen men.
Sleep-Related Eating Disorder
Even though a night snack is not bad at all, it’s better to take it while you are awake and conscious. What happens to people with Sleep-Related Eating Disorder is that they tend to have compulsive overnight ingest of food. The danger of this disorder relies on the possibility of eating strange combinations, food in bad shape or even ingesting toxic substances. People often don’t have any recollection of what they do or eat overnight.
Fatal Familial Insomnia
Can you die from insomnia? Well, sort of. Fatal Familial Insomnia comes from an impairment in the part of the brain called the thalamus, which is in charge of our sleep-wake cycles. The problem is that the thalamus is also involved in many other body functions, so it starts as a little trouble to sleep and develops into a whole syndrome including progressive dementia, panic attacks, lack of appetite, high blood pressure, among other symptoms. Is a very violent disease that ends up causing the death of patients between 12 to 18 months after the first symptoms appear.
Exploding Head Syndrome
This disorder is not about heads spontaneously exploding in the middle of the night. What happens to people with Exploding Head Syndrome is that they hear a loud sound such as a gunshot or a bomb explosion when they are just about to sleep or wake up. This causes no pain, but it does generate a huge fear of sleeping and waking up, leading people to have a restless sleep.