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10 Bizarre Sleeping Disorders

Nocturnal Lagophthalmos, Exploding Head Syndrome, Sexomnia, and Fatal Familial Insomnia are just a few of the strange sleeping disorders featured in this video.

A sleep disorder is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person or animal, some being so serious that they can interfere with normal everyday functioning. They can be caused by a variety of issues, from teeth grinding to night terrors. When a person suffers from difficulty in sleeping with no obvious cause, it is referred to as insomnia. 

Before the 20th century, the medical importance of sleep was not recognized. But by the 1970s, clinics and laboratories devoted to the study of sleep and sleep disorders had been founded, and a need for standards arose.

Normison aka temazepam

Normison (temazepam) is a benzodiazepine commonly prescribed for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Image: Wikipedia.

Treatments for sleep disorders generally can be grouped into four categories: behavioral and psychotherapeutic treatment, rehabilitation and management, medication, and other somatic treatment.


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