When your alarm goes off in the morning, do you babble incoherently, stumble across your room, or drool uncontrollably? You may suffer from sleep drunkenness, according to a study published in the journal Neurology.
About 15% of the nearly 20,000 people surveyed experienced "confusional arousals" in the preceding year. These episodes took many forms, including amnesia or extreme confusion upon waking, and were strongly associated with other sleep and mental disorders.
What's the significance of these findings? After all, many of us have been a bit confused and disappointed when it's time to get out of bed. TIME explains:
Among those who had reported sleep drunkenness episodes, 84% also had either a sleep disorder, a mental health disorder or were taking drugs like antidepressants, which suggests that sleep drunkenness could be a symptom of—or a red flag for—other problems that could disrupt sleep quality.
The researchers say that even though sleep-related problems like sleep drunkenness get less attention compared to behaviors like sleep walking, they can be just as dangerous, and more research should be done to determine the best ways to treat it.
So, if you find yourself having trouble springing out of bed in the morning, it might be worth keeping an eye out for other issues, or consulting a medical professional to look for underlying causes.
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