Is Sleep ‘Drunkenness’ Disorder Becoming Common?
Confusional arousals, also known as sleep drunkenness or severe sleep inertia, consist of mental confusion or confusional behavior during or following arousals from sleep. For the majority of subjects experiencing confusional arousals, no medications were used, but sleep and/or mental disorders were important factors.
A novel study published in the journal Neurology unveiled that one in every seven people suffer from sleep ‘drunkenness’ disorder.
In this condition, a person remains in a confused state for a specific time after waking. The condition can take place before the person goes back to sleep or he completely wakes up. Whether sleep drunkenness is its own condition or a symptom of other sleep problems is an ongoing debate.
Sleep drunkenness describes a set of behavior as a result of being aroused from sleep abruptly and unexpectedly. It can range from mild (and comical), like confusing the sound of an alarm for a ringing telephone, for instance. However, the incoherence can also be dangerous, leading irritable sufferers to injure either themselves or those around them.
“There was a case of a man on a ship who awoke in a confused state and fell off the deck to his death”.
As per the National Institutes of Health, such incidents can happen when someone is made to awake forcefully during non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. It is a deeper sleep period.
Episodes of waking up confused have received considerably less attention than sleepwalking even though the consequences can be just as serious,” said study author Maurice M. Ohayon, MD, DSc, PhD, with Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, CA.
As a caveat, the study had a significant sample size (19,136 people aged 18 or older), but was conducted via survey format. Overall, 15% of those surveyed about their sleep habits reported an incident in the last year, with 50% of those people reporting more than one episode per week. Interestingly, 84% of those who reported incidents of sleep drunkenness also had an accompanying sleep disorder, mental health disorder or psychotropic drug prescription.
article source: http://dailydigestnews.com/2014/08/trouble-reading-this-you-might-be-sleep-drunk/
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