9 Reasons Some People Can’t Sleep

From common medical problems to a rare incurable
condition, here are 9 reasons why some people can’t sleep:
Number 9 Obstructive Sleep Apnea
It may be the most common sleep-related disorder on our list, but that doesn’t make it any
less dangerous. People with obstructive sleep apnea are known
to snore and the disorder is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep. That’s because the throat muscles become
relaxed, thus blocking the airway. The periods of decreased breathing are called
‘apneas’, which literally translates as ‘without breath’, and they can last from
20 to 40 seconds. The brain then kicks into gear causing the
sleeper to wake up and re-open the airway. This sleep/wake process can occur several
times every night, hence sufferers are left without restful sleep and become tired during
the day. Many people experience obstructive sleep apnea
at some point during their lives and it usually lasts a short period of time. A small degree of it is actually within the
boundaries of normal sleep. However, chronic and severe forms of this
disorder are known to wreak havoc on overall health. The lack of oxygen and the sleep deprivation
increases the risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke or
clinical depression. Number 8 Exploding Head Syndrome
Judging by its name, exploding head syndrome, or EHS, may sound like the scariest disorder
on this list. However, that really isn’t the case. It’s characterized by the person experiencing
a very loud unreal noise, such as an explosion or cymbals hitting each other, while they’re
falling asleep or waking up. The cause for exploding head syndrome is unknown
but some theories include stress and anxiety, PTSD or minor seizures in the temporal lobe. There are no treatments for it but pain is
typically absent and it’s not considered to be a life-threatening condition. Number 7 Narcolepsy
People that suffer from narcolepsy are overwhelmingly tired during waking hours and may experience
sudden sleep attacks. They may fall asleep, often without warning,
multiple times during the day. They may also experience cataplexy, a sudden
loss of muscle tone, which usually follows a strong emotional response such as laughter. People with narcolepsy tend to sleep as many
hours as those without it but the quality of sleep is much worse. The cause for the disorder is unknown but,
in up to 10% of cases, the onset is genetic. Its manifestation involves the loss of neurons
which release orexin, a peptide that regulates wakefulness. There’s no known cure for this condition
but certain medications and lifestyle changes can help manage it. Number 6 Night Terrors
Night terrors, unlike nightmares, occur during non-REM sleep. The distinction didn’t exist up until rapid
eye movement was discovered. Those who suffer from night terrors may suddenly
stand upright with their eyes open and a look of fear on their face. Sleepwalking is often associated with night
terrors and people may also scream or thrash their limbs. They appear to be confused, inconsolable and
unresponsive to attempts of communicating with them. They may, in some cases, seem wide awake,
but they aren’t and trying to wake them isn’t recommended. A person going through night terrors isn’t
actually in danger and doesn’t require treatment. The disorder typically occurs in children
aged three to twelve and generally fades away with age. Number 5 Sleep Paralysis
During REM sleep brain activity increases significantly and we begin to dream. To keep us from acting out those dreams, the
voluntary muscles in the body enter a state of paralysis. Sometimes, people wake up during REM sleep
while they’re still paralyzed, a phenomenon known as sleep paralysis. They’re aware of their surroundings and
want to move or speak but they simply can’t. Sleep paralysis is usually accompanied by
intense feelings of panic and fear as well as shortness of breath. What’s even more terrifying is that people
may also experience visual or auditory hallucinations of an evil presence in the room. They may feel the evil presence sitting on
their chest, crushing the wind from their lungs. This sensation has earned sleep paralysis
a place in folklore around the world. Depending on the culture, it’s known as
‘old hag’, in Newfoundland, ‘ghost pressing down on you’ in China and in Mexico it’s
known as ‘the dead climb on top of you’. Sleep paralysis has been proposed as an explanation
for many reported paranormal experiences, such as demonic possession or alien abduction. Sleep paralysis is fairly common, it shouldn’t
cause concern and those who experience it regain the use of their body rather quickly. However, going back to sleep after such a
frightening experience might take a while. Only about 5% of people have regular episodes
and some treatment options include sleep hygiene, antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy. Number 4 Nightmare Disorder
Nightmares are not uncommon and most people experience them from time to time. Yet, for those suffering from nightmare disorder,
the occurrence is much more frequent and it can be debilitating. The sleeper may scream and yell out things
during the nightmare. The threatening, frightening dreams may cause
people to wake up and vividly remember their experience. They may have an elevated heart rate and go
through symptoms of anxiety. It’s often difficult for sufferers to go
back to sleep as they fear experiencing another nightmare. The disorder can affect the quality of life
for people who suffer from it. The lack of sleep and the anxiety means they
often have trouble going through everyday tasks. Nightmare disorder can be a consequence of
a mental disorder or it may be caused by extreme pressure or irritation. Talking with a psychiatrist is recommended
as well as yoga, meditation and exercise. Number 3 Sexsomnia
Sexsomnia is a type of parasomnia, an abnormal activity that an individual performs during
sleep. Unlike other forms of parasomnia, like sleepwalking
or night terrors, the discussion of sexsomnia is marked by hesitance and lack of research. The disorder may occur due to stress, sleep
deprivation, consumption of drugs and alcohol as well as a side effect of certain sedatives,
like Ambien. It’s characterized by the sleeper engaging
in masturbation, fondling, intercourse with climax and, in its most severe forms, sexual
assault and rape. Even though a person suffering from sexsomnia
may become sexually aggressive, they typically won’t remember what they did during waking
hours. There have been several situations in which
a sexsomnia diagnosis has been used in court for alleged rape and sexual assault cases. Swedish man Mikael Halvarsson, for example,
was acquitted of rape based on a sexsomnia defense. His unusual sleep behaviors had reportedly
begun at a young age. The report of sexual assault was filed by
his girlfriend at the time. When the police arrived at the scene, Halvarsson
was still asleep in the alleged victim’s bed. During his appeal, a previous girlfriend testified
to his abnormal behavior during sleep and the man was subsequently acquitted based on
the fact that he wasn’t conscious during the assault. Number 2 REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, or RBD, is a condition mainly characterized by the loss
of muscle paralysis during REM sleep. The underlying causes aren’t well understood
but, according to some theories, RBD is most likely a symptom of neurodegenerative diseases
such Parkinson’s or dementia with Lewy bodies. Because of such conditions, brainstem circuits
may become damaged and no longer capable of sending the proper signals during sleep. The manifestation of RBD usually involves
the person who is sleeping acting out their dreams. Since the dreamer’s muscles are no longer
paralyzed, they can exhibit complex behaviors that include screaming, laughing, crying,
arm flailing, choking, punching, kicking and even jumping out of bed. Since violence is more likely to be recalled
in dreams, people with RBD will often perform violent or aggressive actions. They’re likely to injure themselves as well
as their bedpartners. It’s recommended that, until the condition
is managed, the bedroom be made safe by removing sharp objects and possibly sleeping alone. Treatments with clonazepam and melatonin are
among the most frequently used. Number 1 Fatal Familial Insomnia
Fatal familial insomnia, or FFI, is a very rare disorder that is typically inherited
genetically and which ends in death. It’s caused by the mutation of a major prion
protein in the thalamus, the part of the brain which regulates sleep. Those who suffer from it completely lose their
ability to sleep as the disease progresses and begin to deteriorate both mentally and
physically. All known cases end in death, usually about
18 months after the onset of symptoms. There is no known cure for FFI and things
like sleeping pills have been found to only hasten its progression and worsen its symptoms. One of the more recent reports regarding the
disease involved siblings, Hayley and Lachlan Webb, from Queensland, Australia. They described FFI as a family curse and although
they hadn’t developed symptoms, they were aware that the disease could strike them at
any time. Hayley and Lachlan first became aware of FFI
in their teens, when their grandmother was diagnosed with it. She died of the disease at 69, as did their
mother at 61, aunt at 42 and uncle when he was just 20. FFI usually has four stages. It starts with increasing insomnia, paranoia,
panic attacks and phobias which worsen by the second stage, when hallucinations start
to develop. The third stage, which lasts for about three
months, is characterized by the complete inability to sleep, followed by rapid weight loss. In the fourth and final stage, sufferers usually
develop dementia and become unresponsive, after which death follows. The Webb siblings, both in their early 30s,
hoped they wouldn’t be among the ‘younger ones’ in their family and that a remedy
will be found before it would be too late.

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  • Can you think of other medical reasons why some people struggle with sleep?

  • Could you re-title?

  • low Melatonin production ensuring that you cant fall asleep?

  • I get that exploded head syndrome

  • I get sleep paralysis almost every night with night terrors. Its torture, always seeing a dark figure coming towards me and grabbing at my legs and i cant move or scream. I hate going to sleep

  • You missed amphetamines.

  • One of the signs of sleep apnea is the absence of dreams. People with this disorder don’t go into REM sleep where dreaming occurs.

  • My lack of sleep originally came from not being able to shut off my brain but became exacerbated by pain due to toothaches from grinding my teeth in my sleep.

  • I have EHS it always looks like a huge light on a train coming at me and hiting me with a loud CRASH. I think it's due to my narcolepsy as I fall asleep fast and my brain doesn't have time to slow down to go into sleep mode

  • If you sleep on your stomach I think it cures sleep apnea.

  • Damn that's y i love sleep. I suffer from epilepsy which brings some of these but when i sleep i sleep deep. I've experienced some of these mentioned i just hope it doesn't kill me some day.

  • Those who put thumbs down… Go to sleep bitch.

  • Need to know about countries that mostly practice voodoo rituals

  • That just seems crazy they cant put people to sleep with all the different meds we have. So weird. I wonder if they were ever monitored trying sleeping. Must of been torture

  • I have insomnia sometimes just not all the time there are times ill be up for a few days without being able to sleep

  • I've had absolutely horrible sleep paralysis experiences. I saw and heard things that scared the hell out of me. I also have that nightmare disorder due to things that happened to me in my past. My partner in my last relationship said that I cry in my sleep and will say "please stop" a lot. Because of all this, I feel tired ALL the time! I need to get myself in for a sleep study.

  • Severe obstructive and central sleep apnoea sufferer here. On my sleep study I stopped breathing 180 times during the night for an average of 45 seconds.

    Without a machine to help me breathe at night, it's almost impossible to function as a human being during the day. However, the machine can be noisy, cumbersome and uncomfortable in itself which introduces sleep disturbances on its own. I even have dreams now where I feel like I'm being given CPR! Yes, it sucks donkey bollocks 🙁

  • I have asmtha and it is soo bad at night i camt breath at all at sometimes i also suffer with sleeo paralysis but its only evey 4 month i get it or so but tje biggest problem i cant sleep is becuase of my anxiety and overthinking

  • 4 out of 9… I'm a hot mess lol.

  • well….im off to bed.. this video has made me tired.

  • I've experienced EHS a couple of times…a sound that's really loud and quick….scary

  • I struggled with sleep for years, my doctor recommended I turn off my cellphone and not look at it very much before bed, I can sleep regularly now. If you struggle with sleep please try this!

  • Can you make a video on disturbing nightmares that came true

  • My two big issues are central sleep apnea and severe Willis ecboumn disease (more commonly known as restless leg syndrome). Though I have suffered exploding head syndrome in the past and it was no fun either.

  • I suffer from rem sleep behavior disorder. And I was being prescribed clonazepam for the last 9 years. Then I moved to Virginia from Philadelphia last July & no doctors here will prescribe me the clonazepam so I've been in benzo withdraw since july. I can get them off the street occasionally wich helps but these dickhead doctors have had me try anout 15 diffrent meds & none of them have helped, so I've been suffering since july. I can't sleep & now I can't even function as a normal human being anymore. I can't even work. I've veen thinking of robbing a pharmacy but don't want to go to prison. I have 9 years of medical records for this & these scumbag doctors are too afraid to prescribe the colazapam because tbey say it's addictive. No shit !!! All fucking drugs are. I just want to get back to living a normal life.

  • What does sleep hygiene mean anybody know

  • True they will kill you fans don't get startled by the jump scare at the beginning……………


  • The music and the narrator has me hooked

  • The sexomnia disorder should be an insanity plea and those individuals should be in a mental institute; NOT let back into society to possibly re-offend

  • How about loud neighbors and noises on the street. Here in New York City.

  • dude, this is scary as hell

  • My doctor thought I might have sleep apnea so she had me get tested. The first test showed that I had it untell I wound up shifting onto my side. Due to back problems I cant sleep flat on my back, to get a good night sleep I have to sleep on my side. They tested me again where i could sleep on my side and it came back negative.

  • Bipolar disorder. I have to take strong sedatives to get sleep.

  • I used to have night terrors when I first experienced anxiety and severe depression. I didn’t sleep walk but I would sit up real fast, sweat and hyperventilate. Now I suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. I’m just not meant to have any decent sleep.

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  • Do one on smoking weed plz !

  • I suffer from narcolepsy & it has a huge impact on my quality of life.

  • I agree with this and share it. I was hurt in the military and the dreams i have are horrid, i act out in the dream and have struck my wife twice. I was diagnosed with a seizure disorder, obstructive sleep apnea and nightmare disorder as well as PTSD. However i found the simplest fix is simply to take melatonin why it works for me i do not know nothing else even came close. I sleep now, 4-5hrs deep sleep. My cycle has returned to what it had been years ago. I rarely have the seizures now as they found my body refuses to maintain potassium and magnesium. Since my body won't keep these chemical levels up a simple multi-vitamin works perfect. It caused seizures in relation to heart problem i started having when i was young. I just thought i was a night person and i was wrong and it nearly killed me. My health went to hell and i almost died. There are so many things going on i almost can't keep up but my wife works in the healthcare field and she knows exactly what is going on. Took me 4 years to get an answer but i haven't had a seizure since 2016, some migraines but typical i used to get them all the time when i was ill now they are rare only 1 in 2018. Changed my diet too as i am type 2 diabetic once i changed these other things and started sleeping again i lost 136 pounds and i am not in as much pain. Sleep helps with the pain. Pain can also cause serious sleep issues, diabetic neropathy can make you feel like you have bugs all over you. There are many other causes and it took awhile to figure it out. Everyone is different even in genetic pass-downs as some may have it while others don't. I have it for example and one of 8 kids, 7 of whom did not suffer these ailments. Parents suffered a bit with diabetes but it wasn't well understood when they were alive. One genetic problem though that all of us suffer from is early onset heart troubles and diverticulitis. These 2 have almost taken me as well because i didn't know i had the illness till it was almost too late. Fear and anxiety contributed to my sleep troubles. Also be careful of over the counter or prescription sleep meds they can almost be worse on you than the illness. Turned 47 today and honestly i intend to live forever.

  • I have had one case where I had sleep paralysis one night. All the symptoms described here, I had. I woke up in the middle of the night not able to move or breathe for several seconds. The last thing I remember seeing was several shadowy figures standing over me. It's not something I would want to have happen again.

  • Leedle

  • One, they have all those gadgets wrapped around their faces and head.

  • It's 2:18 am where I'm at right now. Hit "like" if you can't sleep either.
    EDIT: Now I definitely won't sleep because I'll be having nightmares about this stuff. Thanks TWKY.
    EDIT: EDIT: Reason #10: Freddy Krueger.
    EDIT: EDIT: EDIT: "This message was brought to you by Ambien (c)."

  • sleep paralysis…..I have it about 2-3 times a week and to be honest I really enjoy it. It feels like being high on something in a way. Never have scary vision or anything though.

  • I think I may have exploding head syndrome! Those would happen!

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  • Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

  • I get night terrors every now and then. I would say at the least it would be 3-4 times a month. The highest was 10 times in a month. I remember a small amount of them so i remember the fear and panicking feelings. It fucking sucks. I hate myself because i wake my gf up from my screaming and panicking. I hate she has to deal with me when that happens. Which sometimes causes me to not sleep so she could have an actual night of rest, she hates when i do that. Like right now for instance lol
    Edit: experienced sleep paralysis 4 times in my life. Scariest fucking shit ever

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  • I have suffered with what is known to us as night nurses paralysis

  • I have PTSD, depression, sleep apnea, psychotic nightmares/nightmare disorder (i'm guessing from my mental illnesses) and circadian rhythmic disorder. all of them cause me to have severe sleep cycle problems. left to regulate sleep on my own my sleep does not follow any sort of pattern whatsoever. alarms do not wake me up even when i use my CPAP machine. I feel more awake at night than during the day and struggle severely to try to keep any type of cycle where i'm awake for the majority of the day.generally i wake up from 1pm-8pm and go to sleep from 6am-12pm. its fucking horrible. i dont know what made me this way but i've had severe sleep problems since i was a child. with everything else i have to deal with i really wish that something could fix my sleep problem because its honestly extremely debilitating.

  • I had nightmare disorder from February 2017 to July 2018. Every night except for a handful of times, I would have horribly vivid nightmares. I dreaded going to bed every night, knowing that it was always going to be a bad experience. I thought it might have been from past trauma so I went to therapy for it but they couldn't resolve them. Turns out the source of the nightmares was a neurological problem (MS). Once other symptoms manifested the nightmares stopped.

  • I can't sleep because too much coke

  • EHS sound is the DMT rush your brain produces to facilitate dreams. A DMT trip will give you a similar sound

  • 5:22 "shouldn't cause concern"

  • I have only sleep walked once in my life

  • Sometimes I suffer from insomnia and it drains your energy.

  • The beginning looked like sexy time.

  • I definitely have #9
    My dad and brother freak out if I fall asleep before them
    They tell me that snore louder than a running chainsaw than stop breathing for about 2-5 minutes

  • Ehlers Danlos syndrome, fibromyalgia and bulging discs in my neck so in too much pain to sleep. I'm currently on fentanyl patches, liquid oxycodone, gabapentin, amitriptyline and paracetamol which my doctor says would knock out a horse but doesn't do anything but take the edge off the pain just enough to stop me screaming when I dislocate a joint just by rolling over in bed.

  • Do Pirates will kill you. Plz

  • I've had sleep paralysis couple times but it was because my sleep schedule was all jacked up

  • Sleep Paralysis is scary 😫

  • I liked to JUMp all of you on an island.

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  • I have suffered sleep paralysis. It's terrifying. Man years ago my husband worked nights. I could hear him coming into the bedroom and my back was to the door. I tried to move and to say something but I couldn't. I don't why but I was afraid he would touch me. My fear told me that something bad would happen. I have no idea what. Honestly it was the scariest thing I've ever been through.

  • Freddy Krueger?

  • I've been waiting along time for this one thank you.

  • my roommate had sleep paralysis one time and i had to hold her for the rest of the night it was legit terrifying and she was so scared. she said she felt like someone was choking her and she was crying

  • I have insomnia and night terrors man

  • Another cause of sleep paralysis is stress

  • I got sleep apnea and night terrors and also restless leg syndrome it all sucks lmao

  • Everything sounds scary….

  • Meditation and yoga will make it actually worse!!!

  • I had sleep paralysis shortly after I returned back from Iraq

  • How about the condition where people stop breathing if they fall asleep, so they have to be hooked up to a monitor?

  • I find it easier to wear a sleep mask. Not being able to see hallucinations with sleep paralysis helps me to calm down and focus enough to break out of it. Only problem is once I get one episode, I may as well stay up because I'll experience it again and again in the same night.

  • I have had sleep paralysis since I was a young child, don't i dont recall much of my childhood, but i can detail my very first episode and everyone since the 1st. Its horrible

  • ive gotten night terrors on and off infrequently since 14 and im 23. when i was in uni my first night sophomore with roommate in dorm i had one and scared the shit out of my roommate i hadnt even met yet, mine usually involve me screaming and running out of bed but this night i was apparently talking to some imaginary person next to my bed in the corner is how my roommate later described it. I usually wake up during them bc my own scream or fear wakes me up but sometimes i dont and dont remember the next day so idk what i was talking about or to that night. typically i wake up in panic in another room or even outside depending

  • I’ve suffered from nightmares & frequent night terrors since I was 6 years old, due to severe PTSD. As a child I suffered through horrific sexual child abuse for many years. After I became an adult I become afraid of pretty much everything & everybody. As I went through my 30s, 40s & now in my 50s I still have to take 4 different meds to keep me from screaming in my sleep. I am now again seeing a specialist that treats adults of severe trauma as a child. I would never ever wish any sleep disorder on anyone, it’s not curable & it messes with your focus & thought process during the day so badly that one day I took a bus to a store close by but ended up two states over due to being so sleep deprived. Best of luck to all here who struggle with a sleep disorder.

  • They will kill you prevents me from sleeping

  • And I'm WOKE AT 3am!! Smh🤔btw the 33rd commenter CATCH THAT.#STRANNNNGE

  • Ptsd is why I have trouble sleeping.

  • Knowing I have to get up at a certain time the next morning for work prevents me from falling asleep. I don't know if I'm subconsciously worried I won't wake up in time or if I get irritated when I realise another hour has passed and I'm still awake. The worst part of it all is that I will fall asleep approximately 40 minutes before I must get up.

  • Another reason (I guess it's not medical) but it's enough to keep a corpse awake is fck$n mosquitoes that you can't get rid of.

  • You have the hallucinations with sleep paralysis when you're new to it. When I was a kid I woke up in the middle of the night and everything was bright red and I couldn't breathe.

    I eventually got used to what I was experiencing and sleep paralysis became more of an inconvenience to me when I'm trying to wake up some nights. It's usually very rare for me but can happen up to 10+ times in a night when it does act up.

  • The reason I can't sleep is BECAUSE I play ROBLOX a lot

  • I cant sleep because I keep thinking about things good and bad but also because I move to much

  • Babba Yagga…

  • I had sleep once. It is fun.

  • If the brain don't receive the right amount of oxygen and the rest of vitamin nutrition and protein … Due to stress thinking too much and some other health problems or due to blockage on the blood supplier … I recommend a 100% effective treatment( HIJAMA ). Once u do it u will sleep like a baby .

  • I wonder if propofol, or other surgical anesthesia, could help FFI…

  • im watching this right after waking up from  a 2 hour nap in my office at work

  • 😮

  • It's 2 am let's hear em!!

  • Worse incurable medical conditions?

  • What a great video to watch right before bed 😃😃

  • If you think about it, sleep walking and sleep paralysis are complete opposites of each other

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