Sleep. It is something everyone needs, but not something everyone can get. Some people have a tough time getting to sleep. Some people have a hard time staying asleep. Some people can't seem to ever get enough sleep.
While all these sleep issues can be problematic, there are some sleep disorders that can be downright frightening. Here are five sleep disorders that are extreme, scary, or just plain weird.
1) Sleep-Related Eating Disorder
Binge eating while awake is tough for some people to control, but a small number of people can't stop binging even when they're asleep or, at best, only partially awake. Those who suffer from it eat and drink compulsively throughout the night. Sometimes these people are only partially awake when they are binge eating. High-calorie, sugary foods are what they tend to choose.
2) Fatal Familial Insomnia
This extremely rare sleep disorder only affects a few dozen families in the entire world. A genetic mutation causes difficulty sleeping in the beginning. That soon leads to loss of energy, dementia, and acting out their dreams.
They then can be so mentally and physically impaired that they exist in an in-between state in regards to being asleep and being awake. Eventually sufferers will most likely end up in a coma and simply waste away. They typically die of complications, as opposed of dying from the illness itself.
Sleeping Beauty Syndrome
Although teenagers have been known to try to sleep all day, people who suffer from Klein-Levin syndrome actually can! This rare sleep disorder, also known as Sleeping Beauty syndrome, can force someone into sleeping up to 23 hours in a day for weeks in a row.
About 70 percent of those afflicted with this disorder are adolescent boys. In addition to the excessive amount of sleep, the episodes can also include hallucinations, disorientation, extreme sexual urges, excessive eating and even flu-like symptoms. While there is no quick fix, those who suffer from this disorder usually have symptoms fully recede after about 10 years.
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder