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Scientists Discover New Sleep Drunkenness Disorder

Some scientists have discerned a sleep disorder that can make you appear drunk. I’ve heard of drunkenness that can make you appear asleep. Or drinking so much that you black out.
But a sleep disorder that makes you appear drunk?
Apparently this is now a common phenomenon that involves confusion in the brain when sleep is harshly interrupted. You’ve probably experienced this at least once in your life: either you called someone in the middle of the night and they babble incoherently—or perhaps you were the one receiving the phone call. While the behavior is not reserved strictly to getting out of bed in the middle of the night just to quell the incessant ringing of your phone that is one of the most common examples.
As a matter of fact, scientists are warning that this strange behavior can be dangerous or even violent! Over time, a person who suffers from this sleep disorder can become more erratic; but that also seems to fit with the idea of sleep interruption. If someone kept interrupting your sleep—particularly once you hit that deep REM sleep—you would be liable to start acting weird too.
Truly, though, it has become somewhat of a phenomenon as pointed out by Stanford University School of Medicine (Palo Alto) professor Dr. Maurice M. Ohayon, who authored the study. He warns that “these episodes of waking up confused have received considerably less attention than sleep walking even though the consequences can be just as serious.”
In the study, Dr. Ohayon and the team of researchers followed more than 19,000 average US citizens of varying age. The subjects answered questions about their sleep habits and whether or not they had ever experienced any of the symptoms of this particular condition. Answering several other questions, the team determined that at least 15 percent of these people had probably experienced an episode at least once.
Most of the people in the study also suffered from some kind of mental disorder, too, so maybe they are related.

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