Sleepwalkers Have Painful Lives by Day, Painless Misadventures by Night

Many sleepwalkers suffer an enigmatic existence. Their waking hours are plagued by pain that can dull their physical activity levels. Yet their lively nocturnal adventures can cause pain-free injury.

That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Sleep by a group of French researchers. The team studied 100 patients who sleepwalk at least once a year but have no other sleep disorders. Compared to 100 non-sleepwalking participants, the sleepwalkers were more likely to suffer headaches, migraines, and chronic pain, as well as symptoms of depression and insomnia. But, of the 47 participants that reported being injured at one point during a sleep-like stupor, nearly 80 percent said the trauma was painless.

Source: Sleepwalkers have painful lives by day, painless misadventures by night

These results make me wonder if the partial arousal state associated with sleepwalking can be picked up by any wearable sleep monitors, or even any of the fitness trackers with sleep tracking functionality. If so, it would be then be theoretically possible to trigger a mitigation response of some sort, whether that be by waking up the person or some other mechanism that could protect the person from harmful actions.

The Heart Attack Risk Factor Millions Deal With Every Night

It’s no secret that sleep is a basic function that plays a vital role in overall health and well-being. However, new research presented at EuroHeartCare 2015 says poor sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

Source: The Heart Attack Risk Factor Millions Deal With Every Night

Do You Suffer From ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’? You’re Not Alone

Get your head out of the gutter.  Or was that premature? 😉

New findings indicate nearly one in five college-age students has been startled awake by an abrupt, loud noise that doesn’t actually exist. Known as “exploding head syndrome,” the psychological condition appears to be more common and disruptive than previously thought.

Source: Do You Suffer From ‘Exploding Head Syndrome’? You’re Not Alone.

I identify with the symptoms, but don’t fall in the demographic.  But that’s part of the research – better refinement and understanding.

It’s also a good moment to remind ourselves that hearing voices is not a sign of mental illness.  There are a wide range of experiences for people who hear voices, and that many of them don’t fit the typical definitions.  A large issue with this is stigma.  Our culture is quick to judge and subsequently dismiss/marginalize (if not ostracize) such people.