While there are many well-known sleep maladies, a few fly under the radar. If you’re having trouble getting shut-eye, consider these 5 uncommon disorders. Of course, if you’re uncertain, please consult your physician. From Mini CPAP (manufacturer of the Transcend® CPAP machine), this guest blog will examine a handful of sleep disorders that aren’t well publicized yet still deserve attention.
Some sleep problems have a virtual monopoly on the public’s attention. And for good reason – things like sleep apnea, insomnia and a few others comprise the vast majority of sleep disorders.
However, there are some other conditions that are just as sleep-disruptive as the better-publicized disorders. Here are five shocking sleep disorders that are little-known but still cause big problems from some people:
Exploding Head Syndrome
Well, the name alone probably got your attention! EHS, caused by severe fatigue and stress, impacts a person’s ability to achieve a full night’s sleep. With Exploding Head Syndrome, a loud “sound” causes the person to spring suddenly awake. However, the “noise” actually never occurs. Someone suffering from EHS has parasomnia experiences, which are unintentional behaviors and actions that occur during sensitive sleep transition periods (like REM, or Rapid Eye Movement stages).
Better known as Teeth Grinding, this rare disorder can cause jaw misalignment, chipped teeth, headaches and other problems. Bruxism usually stems from other sleep problems (such as sleep apnea, snoring, nightmares and a few others). Even if the actual teeth grinding doesn’t cause major sleep disturbances, there are the issues of facial pain, bite problems and other factors.
This is a rare type of a hypersomnia sleep disorder. Hypersomnia conditions include extreme fatigue and excessive sleepiness. However, this disorder isn’t fixed by getting extra sleep. Other symptoms include severe mood swings, depression and a general feeling of laziness. K-LS affects teenage males than any other demographic, and researchers continue to study this rare disorder. One thing that’s fairly certain is that K-LS can trigger migraine headaches.
Being a chatterbox can be a good thing – when you’re awake. If you continue to talk after you’ve gone to sleep, problems can develop. Similar to Exploding Head Syndrome, sleep talking (also referred to as Somniloquy) is caused when sleep transitions are disturbed. The disorder can actually helped dream researchers, because those affected by sleep talking can “play out” their dreams verbally. To prevent sleep talking, a mouth guard may be worn.
With this condition, a person’s internal clock is out of line with the natural 24-hour cycle of night and day. As a result, the sleep cycle is pushed back a few hours each day. Exceedingly difficult to treat, free-running syndrome (also known as Non-24 Hour Sleep Wake Syndrome) is sometimes cured by precisely-timed dosages of melatonin and other sleep-inducing medications.
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