10 Sleep Disorders You Didn’t Know Existed

You should never underestimate the benefit of a great night’s sleep. We don’t just sleep at nights so that we will have the energy to function the next day; studies show that inadequate sleep can affect your mood, your health, your weight and can also have adverse effects on your sex life. Although some may find the practice of going to sleep as simple, the process can prove to be quite difficult for others due to a variety of different sleeping disorders. Whether its cataplexy, central sleep apnea, or even nocturnal sleep-related eating disorders, the fact is that sleep just doesn’t come easy for everyone. In some cases these disorders are caused by preexisting conditions or stressors, while for others the causes are unknown. Fortunately, studies are identifying more and more sleep disorders and providing valuable information on how to cure or treat them. Here are some unusual sleep disorders you never even knew existed.

Alcohol-Dependent Sleep Disorder

People who suffer from alcohol-dependent sleep disorder have a habit of using alcohol as a sedative to induce sleep. As persons continue to use alcohol as a sedative the effects continue to decrease resulting in the need to increase the alcohol dosage. Due to this, the disorder can lead to alcoholism due to over-medication. Patients who suffer from this disorder often complain of headaches, sweating, dehydration, mild withdrawal symptoms and they also experience frequent arousal during dreams.

Sleep State Misperception

Sleep state misperception (SSM), also known as paradoxical insomnia is often diagnosed in persons who constantly, mistakenly perceive sleep as being awake. The same goes for persons who overestimate their sleep. Persons with SSM often report having slept for little, or not having slept at all while in-lab studies will show that their sleeping is within normal standards.

This type of insomnia often occurs in young or middle aged males and can lead to depression and anxiety. Behavioral treatments such as medication or sleep restriction can help with the symptoms.