Exploration of Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder Essay

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Exploration of Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder

What if you woke up in the morning and didn't have any recollection of what you did during the night? For some people not remembering is not a problem. Most people just assume that they were in their beds all night, and for most people this is true, but for a small percentage of the population, this is not true.

The average person spends approximately 25 years of their life sleeping (Brown, 2002). For some people, this time is well spent, but for others, their 25 years of sleep might not be spent in their bed.

When people wake from the night and find crumbs dashed across their clothes and sheets, or candy bar wrappers with small remnants of what was inside lying next to
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35). He also goes on to say, "[parasomnias] are by definition occult, because they appear when most people are unable to witness them" (p. 35). Other parasomnias that are better known than NSRED include sleepwalking and sleep terrors. Parasomnias such as these are extremely common in children ages 4 to 12. In fact, they are so common that they are considered normal behavior (Brown, 2002). Parasomnias, NSRED included, can cause self-injuries and lack of self-control while in a subconscious state (Idikowski, 2001).

Parasomnias have recently learned about and studied. It was thought that many years ago, people didn't have any idea what these sleep terrors were or that they even existed. Scientist who study parasomnias were not the first to describe them. In fact, the earliest description of a parasomnia was back in 1605. Miguel de Cervante wrote about a parasomnia in his novel entitled Don Quixote on page 364. The author writes:

"He was thrusting his sword in all directions, speaking out loud as if he were actually fighting a giant. And the strange thing was that he did not have his eyes open, because he was asleep and dreaming that he was battling the giant" (Brown, 2002, p. 39).

This sleep terror was described by Miguel de Cervante nearly 381 years before this particular disorder was discovered by scientists

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