In some rare cases, adults may act very inappropriately or even hostile and aggressive. These extreme episodes are uncommon for most people who have confusional arousals. One variation of confusional arousals is called severe morning sleep inertia.
These confusional arousal disorders are likely to run in families and are more frequent in children. Being over exhausted, having a fever or taking certain medications may make it worse. Because confusional arousal disorders are less common in adults, having an evaluation is important.
В confusional arousals themselves are generally harmless and dont require treatment. When your child or bed partner experiences a confusional arousal, reassure him, but dont wake him he will soon return to sleep. Improving the sleep environment and helping your loved one avoid stress and anxiety can lead to more restful sleep for you both.
Confusional arousals typically occur in the first 2 hours of falling asleep during a transition from deep sleep to a lighter stage of sleep. The episode may last only a few minutes or continue on for a longer period of time. There is usually little or no recall of the arousal or any event that may had occurred during the episode the next morning.
В teenagers and young adults a variation of this disorder that affects teens and adults is called severe morning sleep inertia or sleep drunkenness. The symptoms are the same as confusional arousals but they occur in the morning hours upon waking up as opposed to at night.
Confusional arousals are non-rem sleep parasomnias that are fairly common in children and adults. The international classification of sleep disorders (3rd edition) categorizes confusional arousals as a disorder of arousal from nrem sleep. The episodes arise out of sleep and consist of confusion, disorientation, and amnesia for the event.
Confusional arousals occur at the same rate among both men and women. Rates are high among children and adults under the age of 35. About three to four percent of adults have confusional arousals.