10 Terrifying Sleep Facts to Loose Sleep Over

10 Terrifying Sleep Facts to Loose Sleep Over

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“To sleep — perchance to dream.” It’s one of the most famous lines in literary
history, written (probably?) by the man himself, Big Billy Shakespeare. The line, contemplating death and whatever
lay beyond, springs to mind easily when thinking about actual sleep. But as we’ll discover today, while it’s
a haunting line about mortality and the unknown, another, modern day bard wrote a line that
you may find more fitting after reading this list: “The night is dark and full of terrors.” When it comes to these terrifying facts about
sleep (or lack thereof, in some cases), all we can say is this: Ain’t that the truth. 10. Snoring isn’t just annoying; it’s potentially
deadly Well, the act of snoring itself isn’t deadly,
unless you’re such a chainsaw at night that your significant other finally snaps and puts
you down for good. But if you’re someone who snores heavily,
it could be a sign that you’re in danger of significant health issues. Namely, a heart attack or stroke. You’ve probably heard of sleep apnea, but
in case you haven’t, here’s a very quick and dirty overview: if you suffer from sleep
apnea, it means your breathing frequently stops, and then abruptly restarts. This happens because the muscles in your throat
relax, allowing your airway to close, which is obviously… less than ideal. You know, for the whole “continuing to live”
thing. But more than just a lack of oxygen, sleep
apnea can also serve as a symptom of numerous other, more serious conditions, including
the aforementioned heart attack (or heart disease) or stroke. According to the American Heart Association,
“one in five adults suffers from at least mild sleep apnea,” with men being more frequent
victims than women. The good news is treatment is relatively simple,
with a CPAP mask the most common solution. But getting good, quality rest is another
way to treat sleep apnea, along with exercise and cutting back on booze. So get jogging, rummy, and you should be just
fine. 9. Sleep depravation can lead to suicidal thoughts “Did you wake up on the wrong side of the
bed this morning?” It’s a cliche, and maybe one we should try
to avoid from here on out, because believe it or not, someone acting a little grumpy
in the morning might have some very serious stuff going on. That’s because if that Grumpy Gus had trouble
sleeping last night, he could run the risk of suffering from heightened suicidal thoughts. Of course, the key here is that this essentially
only happens in people who suffer from depression, though those who suffer often don’t tell
people they’re victims of this very serious mental health issue. For people who occasionally entertain suicidal
thoughts, a rough night of sleep makes those tendencies even more prevalent the following
the day. In a recent study, 51 subjects were tested
and the researchers concluded that, “sleep quality may alter the strength of the relationship
between pre-sleep entrapment and awakening suicidal ideation.” So basically, tread lightly around people
who seem to have “gotten up on the wrong side of the bed.” Or, better yet: just try to be nice to them. You can do that, right? 8. Sexsomnia can make you an inadvertent sexual
abuser “Sexsomnia” may sound a little funny,
or like the name of a film you’d find on a website you only visit on an incognito browser,
but it’s a dangerous and serious sleep disorder. Sleep talking is pretty harmless; sleepwalking
less so. But sleep sex can turn you into a sexual predator…
all while you’re sound asleep, and fully without your knowledge or intent. Some of the things that could occur with someone
who suffers from sleep sex, or sexsomnia, include everything from fondling and groping,
to pelvic thrusting, and even masturbation and actual attempts to engage in intercourse. And to make matters even worse, those who
suffer have no idea they’re doing it, and don’t remember after they wake up. While it’s unclear exactly what causes sexsomnia,
some of the factors are pretty much what you could probably guess: alcohol or drug use,
side effects from some medications, stress, and sleep deprivation. It’s not always a case of masturbation (which
is more common in women), or fondling, or attempting to engage in intercourse (which
tends to happen more with men) with a partner, either — if you suffer from sexsomnia, you
may attempt sexual activity with anyone nearby, regardless of your relationship or their gender. As you might expect, sleep sex has led to
criminal prosecution in the past, with sexsomnia successfully used as a defense. 7. Violent dreams can be a sign of a brain disorder Most people tend not to put much stock into
any meaning or significance behind their dreams. If you dream about being eaten by a hamburger,
there’s probably no real hidden meaning, so it stands to reason that if you experience
a particularly violent nightmare, there’s no need to worry. Right? Well, not so fast. It turns out that if you’re having incredibly
vivid and increasingly violent dreams with more and more frequency, it could be a warning
sign. Studies have shown that in such cases, these
subjects (mostly males) suffer from REM sleep behavior disorder, and it can lead to actual
inadvertent violence while that person is still sound asleep. That’s because, while your muscles are typically
in a state of, essentially, paralysis while you’re in a deep sleep, when you suffer
from REM sleep behavior disorder, you “act out the dream’s punches, twists and yells.” Obviously, if you’ve got someone in bed
with you, they may take the brunt of those dream punches. To make matters worse — and to get back
to the title of this entry — there is believed to be a connection between REM sleep behavior
disorder and brain disorders like Parkinson’s or Lewy body dementia. That’s not to say REM sleep behavior disorder
causes these afflictions; but it can be a strong indicator that you’ll eventually
suffer from them. 6. Sleep paralysis is just plain TERRIFYING Excuse the on-the-nose description, but sleep
paralysis is a waking nightmare. To quickly clear up any confusion right off
the top: when we talk about sleep paralysis, you’re not actually asleep during said paralysis. Instead, imagine your eyes have fluttered
open after a deep sleep… only, you slowly realize you can’t move a muscle. You can’t speak. But you’re acutely aware of your surroundings,
powerless to act or scream. To make matters worse, you’re sure an evil
presence is in the room, ready to attack. It’s no wonder sleep paralysis is also commonly
referred to as night terrors. Obviously, chances of an evil creature being
in the room with you are pretty much non-existent unless your name is Dean Winchester, but hallucinations
are par for the course when it comes to night terrors. As we mentioned when discussing REM sleep
behavior disorder, your body (usually) essentially enters a state of paralysis when you’re
asleep. With sleep paralysis, your brain is basically
waking up before your muscles do. While you may have a bit of trouble breathing
while suffering from sleep paralysis, night terrors themselves are more or less harmless
— though, like REM sleep behavior disorder, they can be a sign of neurological diseases
like narcolepsy. 5. Lack of sleep can raise your risk of cancer It may sound crazy, but believe it or not
the less you sleep, the higher the risk you could become afflicted with cancer. When you stop and think about it, though,
it does make a bit of sense. After all, when you sleep, that’s when your
body works to repair itself and refresh for the following day. A lack of sleep means your body isn’t getting
that chance to “fix itself,” so to speak, and that in turn can impact your immune system
and overall health. And unfortunately, the connection between
cancer and a lack of sleep works both ways: cancer survivors and those in treatment frequently
suffer from lack of sleep, or even insomnia. A study at Johns Hopkins found that 25% of
childhood cancer survivors had trouble sleeping, which is obviously less than ideal, given
the importance of building up the immune system and allowing the body to rest and become rejuvenated
overnight. Going back to a lack of sleep leading to an
increased risk of cancer, more research has found that, among other things, losing out
on sleep decreases the production of melatonin, which “[protects] against DNA damage and
acts as a tumor suppressor.” Many times, the connection between lack of
sleep and development of cancer revolves around shift work, which can often throw off your
body’s internal clock. The common suggestion is to set a routine
that enables you to get the same amount of sleep at around the same time each night (or
day), but unfortunately, that’s not always a feasible thing for people who need to work
those odd and long hours. 4. Bruxism makes us cringe just thinking about
it Let’s not beat around the bush: bruxism
sucks …ism? Sorry, this is no time for rhymes. Better known as teeth grinding, it’s not
only annoying in that it produces horrible sounds that your partner has to deal with,
but it can get so extreme that you could actually crack, or even break, your teeth or develop
a serious jaw disorder. Like most sleep disorders, one of the causes
of bruxism is often stress or anxiety, or perhaps drug use. It can also be brought on by illness, causing
your body to physically exert itself in really unfortunate ways — like grinding the hell
out of your teeth, for example. Bruxism causes headaches, neck pain, and other
similar discomforts. And while you may not break your teeth if
you suffer from bruxism, all of that grinding may eventually loosen one or more of them. You could also suffer from serious cheek pain,
as those who experience bruxism frequently chew on the insides of their cheeks while
they sleep. It’s unclear exactly how many people suffer
from bruxism, but some estimates put it at around 8% of adults. Some of the tips for dealing with bruxism
are pretty par for the course when it comes to any other sleep issues: try to relax before
bed, switch up your sleep position, and make sure the bedroom is dark, quiet, and comfortable. Which are things we’d have thought people
do anyway, but we’re not doctors. We just play them on the internet. 3. More people than you think fall asleep at
the wheel We’re as wary as anyone else about the move
toward driverless vehicles, which is scary for a number of reasons, not least because,
yes, we’ve seen Maximum Overdrive and the Terminator franchise. But we might be willing to risk robotic murder
machines of doom (their technical name) if it means getting sleeping drivers off the
roads. And drivers falling asleep at the wheel is
a lot more common than you probably realize. Chances are, a number of people who will read
this article have drifted off while driving at some point, even if only for a brief moment. In a report by the Centers for Disease Control,
one in 25 drivers aged 18 or older admitted to falling asleep at the wheel in the previous
30 days. That same report noted that, in 2013, around
72,000 crashes were caused by sleeping drivers, resulting in 800 deaths and thousands of additional
injuries. If that’s not scary enough, the report indicates
that those numbers are likely on the low side, with fatalities related to sleeping drivers
possibly reaching as high as 6,000 per year. Another report backs that last part up, with
the National Safety Council estimating 5,000 car crash fatalities coming as a result of
a sleeping driver in 2015. Interestingly, the NSC found that the majority
of these crashes involve drivers aged 25 or younger. The signs that you’re becoming a drowsy
driver are pretty obvious, from things like drifting in your lane, to yawning, to beginning
to nod off. If you feel any of those symptoms coming on,
do everyone a favor and pull over as soon as possible. Those places on the sides of highways are
called “rest stops” for a reason. 2. You may actually murder someone while sleepwalking It’s like something straight out of an old
Law & Order episode: someone has committed a murder, and much to Jack McCoy’s shock,
the defendant’s counsel has invoked the sleepwalking defense. Amazingly, it’s a defense that’s been
used multiple times in criminal cases, including several murder cases. Ripped from the headlines, indeed. Now, given the fact that people who claim
the sleepwalking defense generally get convicted of their crimes, we can’t say for sure whether
or not it’s possible to be so deeply asleep that you could get up out of bed and flat
out murder someone without being remotely cognizant of what’s going on. One case in the 1870s involved a father coming
out of a nightmare and murdering his toddler, a crime for which he was acquitted. There are some experts who believe it is possible
to carry out these heinous crimes while asleep, as outlined in a 1996 article in the New York
Times. Homicidal sleepwalking is closely connected
to REM disorders, and as we’ve seen with REM sleep behavior disorder earlier in this
list, it’s certainly possible to behave violently while fast asleep. Whether or not the sleepwalking defense is
viable in a court of law, the violence that can come from sleep disorders is very real,
and very scary. 1. EXPLODING HEAD SYNDROME!! (…isn’t exactly
what it sounds like) Exploding. Head. Syndrome. That should be one of the most terrifying
phrases in the history of mankind, but thankfully, it’s not exactly what it would indicate. It’s still unpleasant, but no, your head
will not spontaneously explode like you’re in a low budget horror movie if you suffer
from this affliction (which you probably don’t, given how rare it is). Exploding head syndrome sufferers, instead,
will hear extremely loud noises either as they fall asleep or as they wake up. These sounds could include anything from a
gunshot to a thunderclap, but the thing is, the sounds aren’t real. (That said, if you think you hear a gunshot,
you should still cautiously investigate just to make sure, because, well… someone with
a gun might be shooting people and you should probably become aware of that fact.) There’s typically no actual pain associated
with this sleep disorder, because again — you’re just hearing an imaginary loud noise. It can stress you out and raise your heart
rate, but physical pain isn’t really a symptom, which you probably didn’t expect when you
saw the phrase “exploding head.” Exploding head syndrome has been associated
with the hypnagogic jerk — which you probably recognize better as that phenomenon where
you feel like you’re falling (among other things) while asleep. It’s a muscle spasm that creates weird sensations
when you’re either falling asleep or waking up, and while it’s annoying, it’s not
exactly life-threatening. So if you suffer, you’re going to be fine,
and it’s been suggested that you can treat the disorder with things like yoga or a hot
bath. Or hey, why not jump in a hot tub before bed?

100 thoughts on “10 Terrifying Sleep Facts to Loose Sleep Over”

  1. I didn't know for decades about exploding head syndrome but had it. Not a nice thing when you live in less than peaceful neighborhoods! Yikes!

  2. I suffer from exploding head syndrome most of the time I wake up to a gun shot sound. It is definitely not something you get used to. I try to meditate because I read somewhere it's linked to high stress levels. Very interesting and informative video! Thanks guys!

  3. I'd like to hear of my neighbours painful demise as I'd sleep like a baby knowing that the biggest threat to my sleep is actually gone.

  4. "…Facts to Loose [Lose] Sleep Over…9. Sleep depravation [deprivation] can lead to…" I admire your ability to pretend to be educated when everything you talk about was learned yesterday. Future video: That time when an ESL student spelled better than Simon Whistler.

  5. I suffered from sleep paralysis (mostly visual, sometimes auditory and/or tactile) for most of my life and it was absolutely terrifying until I learned what it was — then it was terrifying AND annoying. Springtime was the worst for some reason, when I would have episodes almost every night for a month or two, sometimes more than once a night. It wasn't until I was in my early 30s and went on medication for anxiety and depression that they almost completely disappeared. Now I get them once or twice a year, and they aren't nearly as vivid. Thank goodness.

  6. As a sufferer of Obstructive Sleep Apena I can assure you that it's not fun. While the CPAP treatment is superb I can still feel tired and sleepy at times. Hot stuffy rooms can knock me out very quickly.

    Now, the one single terrifying thing I have experienced is nodding off and being just awake enough to realise that I've stopped breathing and I'm suffocating. I am unable to wake myself up, breathe or do anything. I am 100% at the mercy of my brain jolting me awake. Trying to keep calm and not panic when you feel like your going to expire is not the easiest thing to do.

  7. I have suffered from sleep paralysis in distant past. 3 very horrifying times. Your or know one else is gonna convince that there wasn't something evil in the room with me. It was pure hate, pure evil so sinister you could feel it!

  8. Sleep paralysis and night terrors are NOT the same thing.
    I have night terrors. I've never had sleep paralysis. And anyone I know who has had sleep paralysis find it hard to understand night terrors.

  9. I experience a lot of sleep disturbances. I’ve had hypnopompic hallucinations upon waking up, I have pretty severe buxism (dentist told me I’ve flattened out my teeth due to grinding), I experience scary hallucinations before falling asleep when I’m really tired, and have exploding head syndrome that wakes me up from my sleep at least two to three times a week (noise sounds like someone slams a really heavy book shut right inside my brain- weird far-away noise, yet extremely loud). I’m also extremely tired and sleepy though-out the day. Weird thing is I hardly suffer from insomnia, once I fall asleep- I pretty much sleep like a baby- even after I get woken up by the exploding noises or the hallucinations- I quickly fall back asleep 🙂

  10. I don't know how you'd classify this but when I used to work lots of overtime in the winter at the factory when it would be dark when I drove to work I would sometimes have no memory my drive to work. I would remember getting up, getting ready for work, starting my car and scraping the ice off the windshield. Then my next memory would be starting my first task in my work area at the factory. I would have absolutely no memory of driving to work, parking my car, clocking in, putting my lunch in the cooler in the cafeteria and putting my coat in my locker. The "hole" in my memory was quite creepy.

  11. The worst thing I had as kid were horrifying night terrors. Every few months.
    Like being sucked in to airless black soupy pit, with full blown insane panic.
    That took rest of the night trying to make sense what happened and why I had such nightmares that were way too real.

  12. Used to work out on the road who sleep walked out of the motel building ( in his underwear) and since he didn't have his room key, couldn't get back in. Lucky for him I was on the ground floor he banged on my window, woke me up so I could let him in. ( When he woke up of course).
    Did I mention this was in January, in Nebraska ?

  13. When I was a child I had a couple of episodes of night terrors. And it was very terrifying. For me it was when I was falling asleep not waking up. My body paralyzed before I fell asleep. I had these ideas that there were demons floating around my room. I figured out though that it was being caused by going to sleep on my back. Didn't do that anymore!

  14. I have severe RLS and chronic insomnia since childhood. Also the Exploding Head Syndrome happens to me as well. Mine is tied to mental illness and neurological issues. Sleep walking I also do. I’ve fallen down stairs many times. Sleep is my nemesis. I could write a book on my sleep issues alone. Thanks, Simon.

  15. As a sleep walker I can attest to the violence that I am told by my family is real. I am told that trying to engage me in any activity from conversation to attempting to send me to bed will send me into an uncontrollable rage. The only thing that will stop the violent rage is to wake me fully with a rough shaking. After waking I remember nothing from my fit of anger. I faced a court marshal in the Army many years ago because of sleepwalking. I didn't get kicked out of the service but I lost a stripe.

  16. I once had a mild episode of sleep paralysis when I was staying over at my dads. There was no evil forces or monsters but I couldn't move for a few minutes. It was kinda freaky but luckily one of my dads dogs was snuggling with me so having her there helped keep me from panicking.

  17. My husband has cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with sleep apnea despite being relatively slim and not snoring loudly. We didn't know that his CP and premature birth were potential risk factors until my husband discussed his general fatigue with our doctor. I'd strongly recommend that people with unexplained chronic fatigue get evaluated by a physician to see if you have risk factors for sleep apnea.

  18. I've had exploding head a few times. Once I woke up absolutely convinced that my electric blanket had malfunctioned and violently shocked me.

  19. 1:50 Sleep "depravation"?! Really? Get a better editor, ffs. That's the 2nd error so far. I'm rapidly losing respect for Simon. :>

  20. Have a gf with sexomnia. I don't mind one bit (she is a beast while in this state) Have had sleep paralysis twice, first time was scary second it was far more annoying than scary.

  21. 8:54 I can safely say that I have never fallen asleep at the wheel; I never learned how to drive. At my age I see no need to learn even if it were legal.

  22. I never really understood what suicidal thoughts entails. Does it count as suicidal thoughts if you decide that you will never commit suicide? Because technically, you are thinking about suicide. It seems like a very vague title for something very serious

  23. I have had sex in my sleep a few times mostly it was back when I was on meth luckily it was with my girlfriends. I think the drug use had affects I get exploding head syndrom probably once a month.

  24. Quick comment on "night terrors"– the term can also refer to someone screaming out in a dream, their body awake, but their mind asleep, essentially the reverse of sleep paralysis. A family member of mine suffered from these for a few years.

  25. How I discovered my now-wife is a sleepwalker: she tried walking to 7-11 from our apartment wearing only a coat in 10° F in a Michigan winter at 2 am.

    How I discovered she has sexsomnia: one week later…I woke up to her "doing things" at 3 am.

    Interesting observations: it is cyclical, in the sense that if she is stressed or lacking quality sleep, there will be patterns of both for a week or two. Also, recently discovered (within the last 18 months), marijuana counters this as it knocks her out into a seriously deep sleep when she smokes it.

    Only time sexsomnia was an issue was when I broke my back in five places. I was stupid and checked out of the hospital. That night, I woke up to her climbing on top of me.

    I slept on the couch for the next 3 months. That hurt.

  26. My brother fell asleep at the wheel, he almost crashed off a cliff but thankfully woke up when he had just grazed the railing & could then just drive home like normal. I have only had the unable to move part of sleep paralysis, and I may have not realised it wasn’t normal. Kind of like how I didn’t realise that everyone didn’t have super vivid dreams. Apparently I’m just set up for mental problems when I’m older.

  27. I went years without knowing what exploding head syndrome was and just figured it was me falling asleep and dreaming, it wasn’t until I had a meeting with a rheumatologist that I found out it can be associated with fibromyalgia and inability to get long rem sleep cycles for several months in a row without medication! Very interesting as is all the science around sleep 🙂

  28. I wrecked one of my cars because of bad sleeping habits. I went to have a sleep study done only to find out the I have sleep apnea, and now I wear a CPAP mask hooked up to the machine. And if you haven't already heard it enough, please check the editing of the title of your vid before you upload it, misspelling makes you look bad, almost like mispronouncing a word (and I'm not talking about the difference in regional or American vs British English).

  29. Sleep paralysis and night terrors are not the same thing, and have very little in common. Sleep paralysis begins around the age of 15, and happens when one awakens from REM sleep. Sleep terrors are generally experienced by younger children, and they happen during NREM sleep. The episodes cause screaming, intense fear, and flailing while the person is still asleep. There are no hallucinations during night terrors.

  30. Idk, Simon, you say that exploding head syndrome isn’t harmful, but I was already stressed out and hadn’t been able to sleep for almost two days, then EHS started as I was finally feeling like I could sleep. I thought I was gonna have a heart attack, my heart was beating so fast and hard!! 😿😿😿 It’s horrible!! I legitimately thought that someone had shot a large caliber gun in my bedroom! Thankfully this has only happened to me a few times.

  31. I've had the exploding head disorder problem before. I'd wake up to a loud bang or crash sound but everything was fine. Been a while since I experienced it though.

  32. wow – wouldn't have picked Simon (and/or the writer of this episode…) as a Supernatural fan – carry on my wayward son

  33. I suffered from some (too many) of these symptoms due to personal reasons. My doctor told me to get a better bed so I did that. Spent a bucketload of the "perfect bed" aaaand… I have almost none left, the onea that I do have are so infrequent now that it doesn't matter. Awesome! Changed my lifestyle too, better results! I still grind my teeth, but not so that I break my teethguard…. again.

  34. Somebody beat me to it but Simon… you mean LOSE not LOOSE. As in: "Simon, you were to LOOSE wiith your spelling when you uploaded this video. If you keep it up, you will LOSE your sponsors… (well, probably not but I couldn't think of what else to say lol)

  35. I hope people pay attention to their dreams. I didn't really until I kept having a recurring dream about an injured horse limping. I looked it up in my mother's dream book and it said horses represent our bodies and internal health. The book gave examples of different meanings like an injured horse or a horse jumping off a cliff. Turns out I had a brain tumor. That book helped save my life, mostly it was the brain surgeon but without that book I may not have caught it in time.

  36. I experience exploding head syndrome from time to time. The first time was really frightening. I actually got out of bed to find out where this incredibly loud bang had come from. But then I listened to a podcast about this phenomenon and learned that it is quite common and doesn't mean you have a tumor or something like that. Since I listened to this podcast I experience it less often (something they also mentioned: knowing what it is often helps sufferers).

  37. That exploding head syndrome sounds like what happens to me. They aren't loud noise but they're definitely there. A door bell most often. People awake at the time said they never heard any door bells.

  38. You STILL haven't fixed the title? Surely you're not so busy you can't take 10 seconds to fix an egregious spelling error (loose -> lose), and fix the description wherein you use depravation (wrong) instead of deprivation (correct). The mistakes are getting out of hand.

  39. I can personally guarantee that Sleep Paralysis is FREAKING TERRIFYING! Terrifying is actually a mild description. Don’t have the experience is my only advice.

  40. Simon: “If you hear the sound of a gunshot when waking up, it may not be real, but still go and investigate”😂
    That’s why certain ethnicities don’t star in horror movies🤣.
    Grew up in a place where that was normal. The correct response is “not my problem” while you pull the sheets back overhead and wait a few more minutes.

  41. Every one of my exes has been punched while we are sleeping.

    I have had the exploding head a couple times. However i used to get the falling thing often.

    I have nightmares piled on nightmares.

    Needless to say im not a huge fan of the activity.

  42. I actually suffer from EHS. My auditory hallucinations generally occur as a loud screech. Like someone blowing into a microphone at full volume. It usually happens as I'm falling asleep and to say it's jarring would be an understatement.

  43. So can anyone tell me what I’ve experienced then?
    I was taking a nap in my dorm room a few years ago and suddenly woke up not being able to move. I yelled to my roommate (who was studying near by), but got no response of movement. And a few sequences later, I woke up asking him if he hear me call his name, he simply said, “No.” it sounds like I had sleep paralysis in a dream of mine but felt so real. And then it happened a few times afterwards before it began to fade away.

  44. I have had exploding head all my life as well as sleep paralysis …no big deal really. Not scary at all. Never had feelings as described here.

  45. Oh man, I never knew that crazy, loud bang sound that happens just after I drift off is actually a medical condition. I figured it was related to the sleep convulsions I get. And I've come to enjoy sleep paralysis.

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