Every day, there’s one specific moment I look forward to: when I can climb into bed and fall asleep.
There’s no better feeling than lying down at the end of a long day in your comfortable, cozy bed.
Most of us think of sleeping as a pleasant experience, but for some people it’s actually something to dread. For people with insomnia and other sleep disorders, getting into bed can actually be a stressful experience.
Lots of people have heard of things like sleepwalking and restless leg syndrome, but there are less well-known things that can also happen when you’re asleep, like REM sleep behavior disorder and sleep paralysis.
Do you know anyone who has these scary sleep problems? Someone in your family might have one and you might not even know it!
Read below to find out more about some of the weirdest things that can happen to your body when you’re asleep.
#1: You Can Become Paralyzed
According to us: “Sleep paralysis is a feeling of being conscious but unable to move. It occurs when a person passes between stages of wakefulness and sleep. During these transitions, you may be unable to move or speak for a few seconds or up to a few minutes. Some people may also feel pressure or a sense of choking.”
Pretty terrifying, right? Find out more about sleep paralysis in this LittleThings article.
#2: You Can Stop Breathing
It’s possible to stop breathing when you’re asleep for seconds or minutes at a time. This is called sleep apnea.
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.”
Find out even more about sleep apnea in this LittleThings article.