15 Very Strange Addictions That You May Have Without Even Knowing It
Most of us wouldn’t mind admitting that we like to sleep. A nice eight hours a night, plus a cat-nap the next afternoon, equals a great day with full energy reserves and high productivity. But most people can’t fathom sleeping twelve, fourteen, or even sixteen hour a day – but there are some people who do.
Medical conditions, such as depression, can lead to a secondary condition called hypersomnia, which can also occur by itself. But some people become highly dependent on sleep without hypersomnia to blame. Otherwise happy and healthy people might just have a psychological need to oversleep.
As hard as it is to believe, sleeping-your-life-away can be can taken literally, as sleep addiction can lead to very real health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even an increased risk of death. Not to mention that sleeping the majority of the day can have major impact on a person’s social-emotional well-being.
Roller coasters are fun. Bungee jumping is fun. Even skydiving is fun. In fact, anything that gets you out of your comfort zone and gives you a sense of adventure is fun, and such activities can be very good for your emotional state. A little thrill every now can be a good thing, but there are some thrill-seekers out there that quite literally can’t get enough.
Let’s get chemical for a minute. Super-high-stress situations cause the human body to release a chemical known as epinephrine, or adrenaline for us laymen. That chemical hormone gives an immediate and intoxicating burst of strength and energy, and can trigger a euphoric state of mentality.
If you think that sounds a little bit like a drug, you’re exactly right. Adrenaline junkies, like many drug addicts, are insatiable and always out to one-up their last dangerous activity. This becomes a cycle of increasingly dangerous stunts that all too often come to a very unfortunate, and very abrupt, ending.