Sleeping disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea are common. But let’s have a look at some sleep disorders which are rare as told by sleep specialists. Read to find out which ones you didn’t know about.
Rapid Eye Movement Behavior Disorder
This is a very interesting disorder which happens to people when they are sleeping. You might have seen someone in their sleep that even with their eyes closed, their eyeballs are moving continuously. This is rapid eye movement behavior disorder.
This has to do with some sort of dream they might be having, or it could be their unconscious mind, staying awake and promoting the eyes to move rapidly. The eyes are seemingly closed, but you can easily see the movement of the eyes as though someone is looking around, if their eyes were open. This movement can be tracked in a sleep study via sensors and then and then a sleep doctor can diagnose it as rapid eye movement behavior disorder.
Restless Legs Syndrome
This is also a very rare condition of a person while they are asleep. A person, while sleeping, will start moving their legs and limbs, uncontrollably. The most interesting thing about this is that the person doesn’t even realize what he/she is doing in sleep. The leg and limb movement can be very minimal or it can be violent as well. Some people kick in their sleep as well. This movement is monitored in a sleep study, if you are having sleep issues.
The limb movement is due to the brain’s activity. The brain prompts the legs and limbs to move, while you are seemingly asleep. Aside from kicking and moving, people also tend to sway their toes from side to side in their sleep. This is also characterized as restless legs syndrome.
Exploding Head Disorder
In this disorder, people would hear exploding noises, crashing, burning, thuds and loud bangs of thunder in their sleep. This is a very interesting sleep disorder and it is not common in a lot of people. There is no such impact of the sounds on the person itself, but a person might wake up suddenly feeling scared, sweaty and out of breath.
Some people define exploding head disorder as being in a dreadful dream where everything is exploding and all you can hear is loud bangs and thuds, similar to an explosion or fire.
Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome
This disorder is characterized by the fact that people tend to fall asleep later than most people. In the same way, people wake up late as compared to other people as well. This is a disruption in a person’s sleep schedule and he/she is unable to fall asleep on a normal time as every other person. Mostly these people are night owls who prefer sleeping in the morning hours and waking up at noon or in the evening. This is not a healthy lifestyle and it should be fixed immediately
Sleep paralysis is a type of sleeping disorder in which after waking up from your sleep, you are able to open your eyes and breathe, but you are unable to move or lift your body. It’s almost as if you are paralyzed and can only move your eyes. This is a temporary condition and it goes away after some time. But, in the situation, it can be very intimidating and scary. Your body might also feel numb and tingly, since you are not able to move it.
Jet Lag Disorder
Jet lag disorder is similar to an actual jet lag. As with jet lag, it takes some time for your body to get used to a normal sleeping time, after traveling to a place with a different time zone. This disorder has nothing to do with actual jet lag, but it makes your body unable to distinguish between the right time to fall asleep and when to wake up. This can be quite a stressful situation, especially if you have no travel history prior.
Interesting, isn’t it? The fact that there is a rare category of sleeping disorders which occur in less than ten percent of the total world population is mind-boggling. However, if you find symptoms of any sleep disorder, you should visit a sleep study clinic MD.