Most people are fully aware of sleep apnea is and even it's typical symptoms and usual causes. However familiar the condition may be, a lot of those who are diagnosed are not aware of some of the things that are linked to sleep apnea. Parasomnia behaviors are an example of conditions that can be linked to this sleep disorder, and in fact, about one out of every ten people with sleep apnea will experience some form of parasomnia behavior. Here is a look at a few odd and often overlooked parasomnia behaviors that can be linked to sleep apnea.
Have you ever woken up somewhere other than you went to sleep? Have you ever found yourself standing upon waking? Sleepwalking is a form of parasomnia behavior that affects a lot of different people, but people who suffer from sleep apnea can be more at risk. The reasoning behind the linkage is perhaps because apnea disrupts usual sleep patterns, making the body more motive during certain cycles of sleep when it should be at rest. Another likely reason for the link between sleep apnea and sleepwalking is the fact that sleepwalking tends to be more common when people have been sleep deprived, and sleep deprivation is fairly common for those with sleep apnea.
Waking in your bed, knowing that you are awake, and still being completely numb or unable to move can be a terrifying experience. This experience is known by sleep specialists as sleep paralysis, and it could easily be linked to sleep apnea. During sleep, if you do not get enough oxygen, it affects how your nervous system reacts during different sleep cycles. Therefore, you could easily see situations where your awake mind and still-sleeping body coexist at the same moment.
Acting Out Dreams
There are people who act out their dreams every now and then. For example, a child may dream they are kicking rocks and kick their feet in their sleep, or an adult may dream they are making coffee and move their arms and hands in their sleep like they really are making coffee. If you suffer from sleep apnea, it is possible that you will be more likely to act out your dreams while you are asleep. This can mean that your sleep will be even more disrupted than what it already is because of the sleep apnea. You may wake yourself up kicking your feet, swinging your arms, talking, or being active in a variety of ways.
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