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Weird things that people do in their sleepMarch 12, 2014
Think that you have some weird sleeping habits? Take a look at some of the most common weird things that people do in their sleep.
Sleeping with your eyes open
People who sleep with their eyes open suffer from a condition called nocturnal lagophthalmos. This condition is characterize by the eyelids never fully closing while the person it trying to sleep. Rather than being a helpful tool that allows you to sleep through class, sleeping with your eyes open can actually dry out your eyes and increase their irritability, cause pain or increased light sensitivity.
Treatment for sleeping with your eyes open:
Most cases can be treated with eye drops, or with hypoallergenic type to shut the eyes at night. In rare cases where surgery is needed, a tiny gold weight is implanted inside the eyelid to make it close completely at night.
Talking, laughing or singing in your sleep
Somniloquy, or talking in your sleep, can range from making nonsensical noises to long speeches or even singing. This usually occurs during REM sleep and is reported in almost 50% of young children and some research has shown that it might be hereditary.
Treatment for Somniloquy:
Somniloquy is harmless, though it can be treated with a sleep specialist.
People who walk in their sleep have a sleep disorder called somnambulism. The extent of this can range from the simple walking around a room to the frightening recorded cases of people driving whilst asleep. Usually the sleepwalker will only do simple repetitive actions, but some cases complicated actions, such as the above mentioned driving, have been claimed. Sleepwalking usually lasts between 30 seconds and 30 minutes.
Treatment of sleepwalking:
In severe cases medication can be prescribed.
Perhaps the least attractive sleep disorder on the list, drooling in your sleep is also known as sialorrhea and it happens to more people than would like to admit it. When you are asleep, your body can produce excess saliva and usually your brain remembers to swallow it, but every once in a while it forgets and you end up with a wet pillow…
Treatment for drooling:
Remedies range from sleeping on your back to extreme surgery. But really, as long as you keep it quiet, drooling in your sleep isn’t really going to do you any harm.
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