We think of sleep as a time for rest, a treasured time of the day when we can rest away from the world or as a time for the body to recharge itself. And we’re supposed to come out healthier, feeling better and more alive from each successful night of sleep. But for some people, getting a good night’s sleep can end in tragedy, crime, or even death.
Carlos Schenck is the professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He has recorded and cataloged many bizarre sleep stories from around the world. "You don't have to extrapolate very far to connect what we see on a routine clinical basis weekly. To saying that if this went a little bit further, this could easily have resulted in violent or injurious behavior,” according to Mark Mahowald of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center.
During sleep-walking episodes, brain-waves neither show full-sleep nor full wakefulness, according to Schnenck. People acting from sleep disorders are usually in a state of slow-wave consciousness. One part of the brain is awake while the other part is asleep. They don’t feel pain. And they’re judgement is usually non-functioning. But they can complete complex motor behaviors.
From driving a car to jumping out of windows, these are 10 insanely weird things people do in their sleep.
Researchers from the University of Toledo say a woman rose from a slow-wave sleep. With little consciousness, she logged into her computer, emailing party invitations to friends. They call it “ZZZ-mailing,” and it's the only case reported of its kind. The woman fell asleep around 10 p.m. Two hours later, she composed a total of three emails. One read, “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4 p.m. Bring wine and caviar only.” Another email said, “What the…”.
9 Jumping Out Of Windows
Sufferers of "REM sleep behavior disorder" often act out their dreams. Living a dream is often seen as a good thing, but in this case it is not. Once in 2007, a sleeping teenager sleep-walked out of a four-story window and fell about 30 feet to the ground. He didn’t notice his fall and continued sleeping on the sidewalk. The boy had not taken any drugs or alcohol.
8 Real-Life Sleeping Beauties
Victims of Kleine Levin Syndrome are often dubbed “real-life sleeping beauties.” Its victims are literally sleeping their lives away. When they wake, they try to gradually return to normal. It often isn’t an easy road. Bouts of sleep can last a couple of days or up to eight months! It’s often a lot of confusion, described as one endless dream. In the rare moments they are awake, behavior becomes uninhibited. They sing show-tunes. Cry about nothing. Eat excessively. And regress into child-like states.
7 Sleep Driving
Ambien is a popular prescription sleeping pill. It’s also showing up in a greater number of traffic arrests. Users on Ambien can do bizarre things. Drivers on Ambien tend to stand out from other under-the-influence motorists, especially if Ambien was over-dosed or abused. “These cases are just extremely bizarre, with extreme impairment,” according to Laura J. Liddicoat, a forensic toxicologist.
6 Ondine's Curse
Sexsomnia is a sleep disorder where people have sex in their sleep. Sexsomnia occurs many of the times to people with a history of sleep disorders. Eight per cent of patients seeking treatment for sleep disorders report Sexsomnia. It affects only about 1.5 per cent of the general population. Most cases involved men. Like sleep-walking, many times a person won't remember what they did the night before. “The ordinary inhibitions that confine them to a routine pattern of sexual behavior when they are awake aren’t there. So they’re more adventurous and will do partner-pleasing stuff they don’t ordinarily do,” according to Michael Mangan, PhD.
4 Climbing Great Heights
3 Night Terrors
Night terrors are exactly what they sound like. While nightmares are common, night terrors only occur in 1 to 6 per cent of children and less than 1 per cent of adults. They occur during the first hours of stage three-four non-rapid eye movement sleep. Night terrors usually begin in early childhood and dissipate during adolescence. Episodes can occur in intervals of days or weeks, occurring over consecutive nights and many times in one night.
1 Create Masterpiece Works of Art
Lee Hadwin has been a sleep-walker since childhood. So it’s not surprising that he has a parasomniatic double-life. He started doing simple drawings in his sleep at the age of 4-years old. It wasn’t until he reached his teens when the drawings became more intricate. They call him “Kipasso,” and he says he feels like he’s in a strange place, saying he has no real interest in art or drawing while he’s awake. And he can’t remember anything he does while asleep.
When he’s not sleeping, he’s a nurse. He also has played in a country western band, claiming he's more interested in music than art. "I simply cannot explain where my art comes from. It's as if another part of my brain kicks in when I am asleep,” says Hadwin. And like all parasomniacs, if you call his name while he’s sleep-drawing, he won’t answer.
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