Sleep drunkenness is defined as a protracted change from sleep to waking, with incomplete alertness, perplexity, stupor, poor adroitness, and sometimes excited or violent behavior. When a person suffering from Sleep Drunkenness is jolted awake from sleep, he is momentarily confused and takes some time to adjust to reality.
A new study has revealed that sleep drunkenness affects one in seven Americans. The disorder leads to a state when a person, on being forcefully awaked from sleep becomes confused and do not know what he is doing. The study was published in the journal Neurology on Monday also revealed that 84% of the persons suffering from sleep drunkenness also suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia or were on some psychotropic drugs like anti-depressants.
The incidences of sleep drunkenness usually occur after forced awakening during the first part of the night or in the morning. The condition is much akin to sleep walking. Persons suffering from Sleep drunkenness are also not aware of their actions which could sometimes become violent also and the person can cause harm to himself or others. People are oblivious of their actions during the state.
Study author Dr. Maurice M. Ohayon, of Stanford University School of Medicine in Palo Alto, California, said in a statement, “These episodes of waking up confused have received considerably less attention than sleepwalking even though the consequences can be just as serious,”.
The study involved interviews of 19,136 who were all above the age of 18 about their sleep patterns and were asked if they experienced any episodes of sleep drunkenness. They were also enquired if they suffered any mental illness or were diagnosed with any psychological disorders for which they have been prescribed drugs. Fifteen percent said they had experienced an episode of sleep drunkenness in the past year.
Some factors go hand in hand with sleep drunkenness. 71 percent of the people with sleep drunkenness also suffered from another sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, 37.4 percent also had a mental health disorder like depression, bipolar disorder, alcoholism, panic or post-traumatic stress disorder and anxiety and persons with such disorders are also likely to suffer from sleep drunkenness later.