We talk a lot about Insomnia and being restless at night but during my research, I’ve come across a few other interesting sleep disorders that you may not have heard of.  I’m just glad I don’t have Fatal Familial Insomnia. YIKES!!

Do you have any of these Interesting Sleep Disorders?

  1. Hypersomnia: This is where a person has cases of severe sleepiness that can last up to 18 hours/day and can last for weeks at a time. Before you say, I have this due to not sleeping or restless nights, please note that these also come with flu like symptoms and long-lasting headaches. YUCK!  And an attack can cause a person to gain weight and sweat profusely. Kleine-Levin Syndrome is marked by hypersomnia with odd behavior during the attacks, such as binge eating, aggression, confusion, hallucinations, and hypersexuality. There is also Menstrual-Related Hypersomnia which is said to be caused by hormonal imbalances.
  2. Fatal Familial Insomnia: A rare brain disease that impairs the thalamus and strips the persons ability to sleep, even if they seem to sleep a lot, and becomes fatal, as its name implies. Most people with FFI die within a few months or years, according to the NIH. FFI is often also accompanied by hallucinations and eventually loss of motor and cognitive skills, according to the NIH. Passed down through families, FFI is 50 percent more likely in a child if a parent is a carrier, US News reported. Around the world there are only 27 families identified as carriers of FFI, according to NBC News.
  3. EM-Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD): Known as a parasomnia, which is when undesirable events happen while sleeping.  Usually confused with sleep walking or sleep terrors, this disorder causes a person to act out during extremely vivid dream. Swearing, kicking, hitting and shouting are common and is typically seen in men that are suffering from Parkinson’s or a multiple system atrophy.
  4. Exploding head syndrome: The strangest and freakiest name of all the disorders but your head does not actually explode (THANKFULLY). It’s also a parasomnia that causes the person to hear a loud noise just before falling asleep. Not to be confused with the jerking feeling you get just before falling asleep, this disorder is real and many times the sound reflects the sound of a bomb exploding, as described by patients. These sounds obviously cause a lot of distress and sleep disturbances. Very few cases are reported but patients as young as 10 have been diagnosed.
  5. Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Syndrome:  As we know, humans have a circadian rhythm that roughly correlates with the 24 hour days with which we live in. Well, people with this disorder apparently do not have a solid “Body clock”. Instead their rhythm becomes delayed and set on 26-72 hour cycles as their regular daily pattern.  Someone with a 72 hour cycle would be awake for 48 hours, and those with a 26 hour cycle will usually be awake for about 16. According to Generally people with the disorder sleep for about 2 hours longer compared to a normal wake time, which I.

I hope you aren’t suffering from one of the above and are sleeping well.

Sleep Well,

Heather