A new study reveals that sleep drunkenness, or mental confusion when awakened from deep sleep, affects one in seven Americans, as reported by ABC30 News.
Most of us need a few minutes to get going. Maurice M. Ohayon, MD, DSc, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Centre School of Medicine says if you wake up very confused and out of sorts, you could suffer from “sleep drunkenness.”
Ohayon told ABC30, “Sleep drunkenness is in fact mental confusion that is occurring when the subject is awakened from the deep phase of sleep.”
Ohayon studied more than 19,000 adults and found sleep drunkenness affects about one in seven Americans. 84 percent of people who had the disorder had other sleep problems, a mental health condition or used antidepressants. In severe cases, patients can injure themselves or others.
Ohayon told ABC30, “The subject can have a violent answer to the people around him.”