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 Sleeping Disorder

  Since I was a kid, I have always yelled, talked and walked in my sleep.
Some periods worse than others. It was worse when I was a child. But it
seems to be reaccuring more that im in college. I have been living in the
dormatory for over 1 year and a half. I really didnt know it because my
roomate sleeps like the dead. But when visitors sleep over or when I go
on vacation it gets worse. I would really like to know what causes it. I
would also like to find a solution. If anyone has any advice I would
appreciate it.



Mon, 21 Aug 1995 13:47:00 GMT
 Sleeping Disorder

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>  Since I was a kid, I have always yelled, talked and walked in my sleep.
>Some periods worse than others. It was worse when I was a child. But it
>seems to be reaccuring more that im in college. I have been living in the
>dormatory for over 1 year and a half. I really didnt know it because my
>roomate sleeps like the dead. But when visitors sleep over or when I go
>on vacation it gets worse. I would really like to know what causes it. I
>would also like to find a solution. If anyone has any advice I would
>appreciate it.

_Scientific American_ published an article on a related topic back around
1985, I think (sorry I don't have the specific reference).  They found that
if you destroy a certain part of a cat's brain, it will get up, walk, and
even pounce in its sleep (acting out its dreams, I guess).  The conclusion
was that this area of the brain is an "off switch" for motor nerves during
sleep.  

So that might be your problem -- something wrong with the "off switch".  But
I haven't heard anything about research into how to alleviate the problem in
humans.  Maybe someday they'll have an anti-sleepwalking pacemaker...


The above may not (yet) represent the opinions of my employer.



Mon, 21 Aug 1995 22:51:51 GMT
 Sleeping Disorder

Quote:
>Since I was a kid, I have always yelled, talked and walked in my sleep
>Some periods worse than others. It was worse when I was a child. But it
>seems to be reaccuring more that im in college. I have been living in
>the dormatory for over 1 year and a half. I really didnt know it because
>my roomate sleeps like the dead. But when visitors sleep over or when I
>go on vacation it gets worse. I would really like to know what causes
>it. I would also like to find a solution. If anyone has any advice I
>would appreciate it.

If you awaken during one of these, do you recall a dream you were acting
out?  If so, you may have REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep Behavior
Disorder.  It is usually easily treated with bedtime medication.  Left
untreated, it can be dangerous.  Patients have seriously injured,
sometimes fatally, themselves or their spouses.  In any case you need to
see a sleep specialist to get this checked out.

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Tue, 22 Aug 1995 08:20:51 GMT
 Sleeping Disorder

Quote:


>>Since I was a kid, I have always yelled, talked and walked in my sleep
>>Some periods worse than others. It was worse when I was a child. But it
>>seems to be reaccuring more that im in college. I have been living in
>>the dormatory for over 1 year and a half. I really didnt know it because
>>my roomate sleeps like the dead. But when visitors sleep over or when I
>>go on vacation it gets worse. I would really like to know what causes
>>it. I would also like to find a solution. If anyone has any advice I
>>would appreciate it.

>If you awaken during one of these, do you recall a dream you were acting
>out?  If so, you may have REM (Rapid Eye Movement) Sleep Behavior
>Disorder.  It is usually easily treated with bedtime medication.  Left
>untreated, it can be dangerous.  Patients have seriously injured,
>sometimes fatally, themselves or their spouses.  In any case you need to
>see a sleep specialist to get this checked out.

As I understand it, there's a hormone that keeps people inactive when they
sleep and dream? It's the walking around and possible acting out of dreams
that might be dangerous. I remember waking up once, having just slapped the
wall, where I had slapped someone in a dream. (I don't slap people awake).

-jackie-



Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:08:32 GMT
 
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