For most of my life, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with sleep. I’ll go through bouts of insomnia, RLS, and even sleepwalking and sleep-talking. Whatever the flavor, sleep disorders can be incredibly frustrating. They are a passive affectation, sure, but a poor nights’ sleep—or lack thereof—can ruin your entire next day.
If you’re feeling more and more like Edward Norton’s character in Fight Club, take a look below to see if you’re suffering from any of these sleeping disorders.
This is the most widely known, and the most common sleeping disorder. It’s often incorrectly self-diagnosed, usually when a person is having trouble falling asleep. For example: “I couldn’t sleep last night. I don’t think it was the seven Red Bulls I drank, though. I think it was insomnia.”
This one is a bit different. It’s excessive daytime sleepiness, to the extreme that a person can randomly fall asleep spontaneously and unwillingly.
Somnambulism occurs when a sleeping person does then things we ordinarily associate with being awake: Walking, eating dressing. And yes, there are reports of people having sex, and even comitting crimes in their sleep, as well.
This is technically an obstruction of the airway during sleep, which can cause snoring, inefficient sleep, and even can make a sleeping person stop breathing. This one scares the holy bejeezes out of my wife. On multiple occasions, she’ll notice that I’m not breathing. She’ll look over to see if I’m dead, and suddenly I gasp, she thinks I’m a zombie, and hits me with a book. This isn’t fun for either of us.
This is when you have to pee at all hours of the night. It’s different from bedwetting, or enuresis, because you aren’t sleeping so soundly that you can’t get up.
The fear of falling asleep is another sleeping disorder. Signs of exhaustion induce anxiety and panic, preventing the person from falling asleep.
Restless Leg Disorder
This is one of those “disorders” that sound both made up and pathetic. And pathetic though it may be, this one is all too real and it completely sucks. Picture yourself being so tired, crawling into your cozy bed, lights off, your brain is almost in dreamland, and all of a sudden your legs wake up and say “Hey let’s go jogging!”
If one or more of the above sound all too familiar, get to a doctor before you go from Edward Norton to Tyler Durden. Sure, it looked awesome, but when Fight Club ends, Tyler Durden is dead (SPOILER ALERT) and Edward Norton is about to have one helluva criminal record. Better to just get a good night’s sleep instead.
Sleeping Disorders Can Be Deadly
If you’re sharing a bed with a person who has a sleeping disorder, you’re nightly emotions probably range from slightly irritated, to annoyed, then angry. You may even feel downright afraid at times of what someone’s subconcious is capable of doing. If you’re going to share a bed with someone, it’s always a good idea to run an online background check on the person before you spend the night together. It may sound paranoid, but do you really want to be helpless and vulnerable, lying next to someone who could be dangerous?
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Kristen Bright is a blogger for Instant Checkmate, an online criminal background check company.