Sleep drunkenness is a real thing, apparently. Not only is it a real thing; it’s fairly common as well. According to studies, 1 out of 7 people are “sleep drunkards”. These people are suffering from confusional arousal.
This condition is fairly easy to explain. It’s when you wake up and you don’t really know what’s happening around you. This “drunken” state continues until the person goes back to sleep or snaps out of it and wakes up completely.
There’s a good chance that you’ve encountered it before. A good example is when you have a legitimate conversation with your significant other or family member in the middle of the night and when you wake up in the morning, you have no recollection of the conversation taking place. Another good example is when you stand up to get ready for work, only to find out later on that it’s only 4 am…on a Sunday.
According to the experts over at the National Institutes of Health, these instances usually happen when the person is forcefully wakened up like because of the phone ringing. It also usually happens when the person wakes up in a period in his or her sleep wherein rapid eye movement or REM is not yet happening.
They were able to arrive at this figure when they handed out surveys to 19,000 adults to find out more about their sleeping patterns and habits. In the survey, it was found out that a little over than 15% have experienced at least one instance of sleep drunkenness in the past year.
The leader of the team conducting the study, Dr. Maurice Ohayon, was surprised at the results. The sleep expert of Stanford University dug further and found out that more than half of the surveyed adults experience confusional arousal at least once a week.
Ohayon also revealed that about a third of the adults who experienced this condition experienced it for less than 5 minutes, while another third mentioned that their experience lasted anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. The last third said that their experience lasted for more than 15 minutes.
Ohayon recommended that if you’re experiencing sleep drunkenness, you have to let a sleep doctor know. While it may seem harmless at first, it can lead to violent tendencies since the sufferer can wake up irritable which can lead to the sufferer hurting himself or someone else.