Sleeping is something that is valuable to all of us. It is the time when our body enjoys some peace and recharges. Having enough sleep directly affects a person’s physical and mental health. Fall short and it can take a serious toll on your emotional balance, productivity, and daytime energy. Unhealthy sleeping habits can also affect our brain, mood, and immune system among others. These are information that we have known early on.
However, there are also several strange things that can happen while we are sleeping. Most likely, we won’t understand those events. These confusing and not so peaceful things can be alarming. Here are explanations for some of them:
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Some of us have experienced waking up and not being able to move. It feels like you’re completely stuck in your own body and there’s nothing you can do about. This is known as sleep paralysis. Bustle, an online American women's magazine, reported that people occasionally experience this because their minds wake up before their muscles become mobile again. Our muscles enter a temporary paralysis so that we won’t flail around as we dream. Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a health expert, explained that sleep paralysis is usually caused by sleep deprivation.
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A 19-year-old named Taylor Gammel from Denver got up in the middle of the night and started walking while still asleep. She didn’t stop until she’d walked nine miles. This is one example of a phenomenon known as combined sleep and wakefulness called somnambulism or sleepwalking. Sleepwalking usually happens because the brain is stuck in two different stages, deep sleep and awake, at the same time. During this state, people can do unusual things that they are not aware of.
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Feeling Like You’re Falling
Have you ever woken up with a strange, intense feeling of falling? You are not alone. It was reported that up to 70 percent of people experience this occasionally. Usually, this feeling, also called the hypnic jerk, is accompanied by transitional space between waking and sleeping. Although this can feel very disorienting, this is normal. According to an article by Insider, an American online media company, Dr. Kansagra said, "Although no one is quite sure what causes it, it's considered a normal variation of sleep as long as it doesn't lead to insomnia.”
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While there are people who are not aware they are sleepwalking, there are some who try to have sex when they are sleeping. Most of the time, this disorder called sexsomnia happens when the brain is half awake and half asleep and the person is often completely unaware of their actions. Unfortunately, this can become a rape case. For instance, a man in Sweden was convicted last year of rape. However, he was able to have the conviction reversed after he proved that he suffered from the disorder.
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You Act Out Your Dreams
Sometimes, people act out their dreams by screaming, kicking, punching, and flailing. This rare condition is called Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behavior. According to an article by BestLife, the web’s premier destination for positive, feel-good news, REM sleep occurs when people are paralyzed during this stage of sleep. Dr. Tzvi Doron, a clinical director, explained: “It can cause injuries to the person or someone sharing the bed with them. People with REM sleep behavior disorder will often remember a dream that corresponds with their movements, but they aren’t intentionally causing themselves, or others, harm.”
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Your Head Explodes
Sometimes, some of us hear extremely loud noises, such as thunderclaps, explosions, or gunshots while sleeping or waking up from a deep sleep. This condition is known as Exploding Head Syndrome. According to previous studies, this syndrome usually happens in people who are dealing with high levels of stress and physical or mental fatigue. Although this mostly occurs in women, it can also affect men and usually happens to people 50 years and older.
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You Snore in an Ear-Splitting Volume
A lot of people snore when they are sleeping, and this is completely normal. However, some snore loud enough that they can be heard from blocks away. For example, a British grandmother named Jenny Chapman snores at 111.6 decibels. This is eight decibels louder than how a low-flying jet sounds. Some people snore an ear-splitting, high-pitched squeaking noise. Previous studies showed that this is likely due to a swollen larynx.