1 in 7 suffer from sleep 'drunkenness'
August 25th, 2014
05:51 PM ET

1 in 7 suffer from sleep 'drunkenness'

Have you ever answered the phone in the morning to discover it was actually your alarm clock going off, or had a conversation in the middle of the night and woken up the next day with no recollection of it?

A new study suggests you are not alone. Researchers found many of us have had a similar experience in our lifetime.

The study, out Monday in the journal Neurology, says one in every seven people suffer from sleep "drunkenness" disorder, also called confusional arousal.

Confusional arousal is when a person wakes up and remains in a confused state for a certain period of time before either going back to sleep or fully waking up.

These episodes typically happen, according to the National Institutes of Health, when someone is awakened during non-rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is a deeper sleep period. And they're usually triggered by a forced awakening, like an alarm or phone call.

The study authors had more than 19,000 adults fill out a survey about their sleeping habits. They found 15.2% of the participants experienced one episode of confusional arousal during the past year.

Dr. Maurice Ohayon, lead study author and a sleep expert at Stanford University, was surprised by the substantial percentage. When he looked carefully, he says, he found over half of these participants have "confusional arousal one time or more a week, and that is considerable."

What's even more interesting, says Ohayon, is how long confusional arousal seems to last. While more than one third of the participants who experienced episodes once a week reported they lasted under 5 minutes, 32.3% of people said their episodes lasted between 5 and 15 minutes and 30% of people experienced episodes lasting 15 minutes or more.

If someone is experiencing these episodes, they need to let their doctors know, says Ohayon. An episode can cause violent behavior during sleep, according to the study.

"You can hurt yourself physically, hurt someone (else). You wake up irritable and possibly violent." He compares it to waking up in a hotel room - you don't know where you are or what hour it is, so your reaction or responses to the environment are not adapted.

Ohayon says shift workers, such as doctors or pilots, who nap during work and can be awakened suddenly, should block at least 15 minutes of time for their bodies to truly wake up before, say, taking command of a plane or making life-or-death decisions.

The study found that 84% of those with sleep drunkenness disorder also had another sleep disorder, a mental health disorder or were taking psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants. Less than 1% of the people with sleep drunkenness had no known cause or related condition.

Dr. David Alexander Schulman, director of the sleep lab at Emory University in Atlanta, says having these episodes isn't uncommon. "Fifteen percent sounds shocking," but when you think about it, most of us have had these type experiences.

One of the things that can make confusion arousal worse is sleep deprivation. Schulman says it's well known that American's don't sleep enough. "If you are getting less than 6 hours a night, and you are having confusional arousal, then the first thing you need to do is try getting more sleep," he says.

Schulman was skeptical of the number of participants whose episodes lasted more than 15 minutes. While he says these episodes can be common and often funny, most people don't continue to talk into the phone for 15 minutes when their alarm clock is going off.

"I'd be surprised if the episode lasted more than 15 minutes," he said. "That's one of the struggles with a subjective survey."

soundoff (3,682 Responses)
  1. Bernice Craven

    I am extremely impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it's rare to see a nice blog like this one today.

    April 22, 2021 at 10:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Abby Heimbach

    I do not even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I don't know who you are but certainly you're going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

    April 22, 2021 at 11:28 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mmsah

    Заказать seo поисковую оптимизацию сайта, Заказать услуги по продвижению сайта По всем возникшим вопросам Вы можете обратиться в скайп логин [b]pokras7777[/b]Раскрутка сайта под ключ
    .Так же собираем базы Обратесь всегда будем рабы вам помочь

    April 22, 2021 at 11:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Cecilged

    джойказино зеркало 2021
    лотерейные билеты в joycasino
    joycasino скачать на ios
    joycasino выплаты
    joycasino как вывести


    joycasino официальный aktual|
    джойказино слоты|
    joycasino украина отзывы|
    joycasino ваш платеж отклонен|
    джойказино как играть|

    April 22, 2021 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. maygg

    Заказать seo поисковую оптимизацию сайта, Заказать услуги по продвижению сайта По всем возникшим вопросам Вы можете обратиться в скайп логин pokras7777Раскрутка сайта под ключ
    .Так же собираем базы Обратесь всегда будем рабы вам помочь наша группа в телеграмме

    April 22, 2021 at 13:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. cialis canadian discounts

    canadian pharmacy cialis no prescription https://canadacialisstore.com/ buying canadian cialis

    April 22, 2021 at 14:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Juana McCaskill

    Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this website, as i wish for enjoyment, for the reason that this this web site conations in fact nice funny material too.

    April 22, 2021 at 14:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Rusty Tomczak

    Hey there, I think your site might be having browser compatibility issues. When I look at your website in Ie, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping. I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that, excellent blog!

    April 22, 2021 at 14:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Richie Sanborn

    Hi my loved one! I want to say that this post is amazing, nice written and come with almost all vital infos. I would like to peer extra posts like this .

    April 22, 2021 at 15:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Torsten Bundy

    It's perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I've read this post and if I could I desire to suggest you some interesting things or tips. Perhaps you can write next articles referring to this article. I want to read even more things about it!

    April 22, 2021 at 15:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Carolyn Seward

    Hello there, You have done a great job. I will definitely digg it and personally suggest to my friends. I'm confident they'll be benefited from this web site.

    April 22, 2021 at 16:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. tadalafil 60 mg for sale

    tadalafil pills https://elitadalafill.com/ buy tadalafil us

    April 22, 2021 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. sildenafil 50mg tablets

    sildenafil uk over the counter https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil 5343

    April 22, 2021 at 16:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jerri Cruickshank

    If you want to improve your familiarity simply keep visiting this site and be updated with the latest news update posted here.

    April 22, 2021 at 17:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Thalia Baskett

    Hi there! This article couldn't be written much better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous roommate! He always kept preaching about this. I am going to forward this post to him. Pretty sure he's going to have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    April 22, 2021 at 17:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. 구미출장안마

    Hi there are using WordPress for your blog platform?
    I'm new to the blog world but I'm trying to get
    started and set up my own. Do you need any coding knowledge to make your own blog?
    Any help would be really appreciated!

    April 22, 2021 at 18:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Lakeisha Northcutt

    Hurrah! After all I got a website from where I be able to genuinely get valuable information concerning my study and knowledge.

    April 22, 2021 at 19:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Joleen Wilhelm

    Hi there, I read your blogs regularly. Your writing style is witty, keep up the good work!

    April 22, 2021 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Irma Langston

    This article gives clear idea for the new viewers of blogging, that actually how to do blogging.

    April 22, 2021 at 20:06 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Gisele Acuna

    Thankfulness to my father who stated to me on the topic of this webpage, this webpage is in fact awesome.

    April 22, 2021 at 20:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. SwE55P21

    808379 68966Hey there! Nice stuff, please keep us posted when you post again something like that! 959569

    April 22, 2021 at 21:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. BbdfMile

    pfizer viagra online https://gensitecil.com/ buy viagra online canadian

    April 22, 2021 at 21:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. Cliff Viner

    Excellent post but I was wanting to know if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thank you!

    April 22, 2021 at 22:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Mac Cherry

    Do you mind if I quote a few of your articles as long as I provide credit and sources back to your webpage? My website is in the exact same niche as yours and my visitors would definitely benefit from some of the information you present here. Please let me know if this ok with you. Thanks a lot!

    April 22, 2021 at 22:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Rolando Blubaugh

    Hey! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the outstanding work!

    April 22, 2021 at 23:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. is it safe to order cialis from canadian pharmacy

    buy generic cialis without prescription canadian pharmacy https://canadacialisstore.com/ canadian pharmacy cialis without prescription

    April 23, 2021 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. AbdgEncox

    drug prices comparison http://canadianeve21.com/ – Viagra Super Active shoppers drug mart canada

    April 23, 2021 at 01:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. ocean king omega 3

    According to Joaquin Phoenix, he is done with actress.
    The actor made the announcement to a news reporter from "Extra"
    October 27th at a gain for one of Paul Newman's charities for sick children.

    "Yentl" (1983): Nobody could talk Barbra Streisand out of playing this part of a Jewish girl who disguises herself as the boy to be able
    to take religious training. Amy Irving and Mandy Patinkin also taken part in this

    In 1981, "Raiders among the Lost Ark" grossed $242,374,454, followed by
    "On Golden Pond" ($119,285,432), "Porky's ($105,500,000) in a move over sublime into the ridiculous, "Arthur" ($95,461,682) and "Stripes" ($85,300,000). Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn walked off making use of Best Actor and Actress awards and Jane Fonda delivered small golden man to her dying father privately. Warren Beatty was pronounced Best Director for his long film "Reds" and Maureen Stapleton from that film won for most satisfactory Supporting Actress. As Best Picture, David Putnam's "Chariots of Fire" won and John Gielgud, as the comic butler to Dudley Moore in "Arthur" triumphed in.

    "Mississippi Burning" (1988): Willem Dafoe and Gene Hackman. Still stands up today as a record of civil rights abuses on the inside sixties, according to the murder for the kids who went South to integrate lunch counters and never came home.

    "Red Dawn" (1984) What would happen if Communists took over your town?Another
    all-star cast, directed by John Milius, including Charlie
    Sheen, Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Jennifer Grey before her nose job, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton and Powers Boothe.

    We see Joaquin discuss how he feels all boxed in by the public's perception of him or
    how he perceives their perception to be. No longer does he want regarding held captive by people's definition of him, and then he says that hot weather makes him feel exactly
    like a fraud. "I'm Still Here" follows this actor while he redefines himself for public consumption, nevertheless, you
    have to wonder if his whole goal would be have exciting world of hate his guts rrn order that
    everyone will leave him alone. Or possibly is he doing
    all this just to feel strong? Forget Andy Kaufman, joker123 top up will certainly be the reincarnation of lounge singer Tony Clifton!

    Also starring an actor that isn't always my favorite person, but can surely deliver a role as good as
    anyone, is Russell Crowe as the role of Maximus in Gladiator.
    For this states history Joaquin Phoenix's best role as well as
    Commodus. This a good iconic villain if we've seen certain.

    Passion, intelligence and integrity are what make greatness in dvd movie.
    Film is a representation of the experience to be human to all it's types.
    There is a good deal excellence which i will just list amount of the other names that have distinguished themselves in yr.

    This can only be a partial list lots of who do great great.
    Matthew McConoughey, Ang Lee, Helen Hunt, Sally Field, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, John Goodman,
    Tommy Lee Jones, Leonardo DiCaprio, Anne hathaway..and many other.

    April 23, 2021 at 01:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. Glinda Forster

    I’m not that much of a online reader to be honest but your sites really nice, keep it up! I'll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later. Cheers

    April 23, 2021 at 01:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. mlife slot Tournaments

    Hi it's me, I am also visiting this site daily, this
    web page is truly fastidious and the people are actually sharing
    good thoughts.

    April 23, 2021 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Penni Balas

    Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I've been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    April 23, 2021 at 02:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. side effects for vardenafil

    vardenafil tablets 20 mg best price https://vegavardenafil.com/ generic levitra vardenafil 20mg

    April 23, 2021 at 05:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Billie Huntington

    Hello! I've been reading your website for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!

    April 23, 2021 at 06:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. where to buy generic sildenafil

    buy real sildenafil online with paypal from india https://eunicesildenafilcitrate.com/ sildenafil 50mg tablets coupon

    April 23, 2021 at 07:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Annabelle Rife

    Hi there to every one, because I am really eager of reading this webpage's post to be updated daily. It includes nice information.

    April 23, 2021 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. scr888

    I enjoy what you guys are usually up too.
    This sort of clever work and reporting! Keep up the wonderful works guys
    I've added you guys to my own blogroll.

    April 23, 2021 at 08:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Dianne Elkins

    Someone essentially help to make seriously articles I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your website page and up to now? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this particular submit amazing. Great task!

    April 23, 2021 at 09:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. Lucie Gerow

    What's up to every one, it's genuinely a fastidious for me to pay a visit this web site, it includes important Information.

    April 23, 2021 at 09:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  39. buy vardenafil online without presciption

    vardenafil 20mg tablets https://vegavardenafil.com/ is vardenafil in the va formulary

    April 23, 2021 at 09:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Osita Iheme


    April 23, 2021 at 10:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Dannie Monash

    My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find almost all of your post's to be what precisely I'm looking for. Would you offer guest writers to write content to suit your needs? I wouldn't mind publishing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write in relation to here. Again, awesome blog!

    April 23, 2021 at 11:45 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Aundrea Hardie

    Remarkable! Its really awesome paragraph, I have got much clear idea regarding from this paragraph.

    April 23, 2021 at 12:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Simone Mullings

    Appreciating the commitment you put into your blog and detailed information you provide. It's good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same out of date rehashed information. Excellent read! I've bookmarked your site and I'm including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

    April 23, 2021 at 12:39 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Everette Barton

    My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web page and thought I might check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to finding out about your web page for a second time.

    April 23, 2021 at 16:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. RfvbZisse

    cialis australia paypal https://cileve.com/ – cialis daily dose vcialis

    April 23, 2021 at 16:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. ace333 slot

    Lack of relevant information makes viewers and your topic
    redundant. Plus a list of other important services especially
    ideal for affiliate web publishers. We should experiment with both, but we does
    it all for easy.

    April 23, 2021 at 17:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. Felicia Crutchfield

    Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact used to be a entertainment account it. Glance complicated to far introduced agreeable from you! However, how can we keep in touch?

    April 23, 2021 at 19:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Melvina Pearl

    This web site really has all the information and facts I wanted concerning this subject and didn't know who to ask.

    April 23, 2021 at 20:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Marla Callanan

    It's appropriate time to make some plans for the future and it is time to be happy. I have read this post and if I could I wish to suggest you few interesting things or tips. Maybe you can write next articles referring to this article. I desire to read more things about it!

    April 23, 2021 at 21:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. May Cham Cong Thanh HóA

    Hello, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was
    just wondering if you get a lot of spam comments?

    If so how do you protect against it, any plugin or
    anything you can recommend? I get so much lately it's driving me crazy so
    any assistance is very much appreciated.

    April 23, 2021 at 23:33 | Report abuse | Reply
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73

Leave a Reply to Tangela Monk


CNN welcomes a lively and courteous discussion as long as you follow the Rules of Conduct set forth in our Terms of Service. Comments are not pre-screened before they post. You agree that anything you post may be used, along with your name and profile picture, in accordance with our Privacy Policy and the license you have granted pursuant to our Terms of Service.

About this blog

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the latest stories from CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Senior Medical Correspondent Elizabeth Cohen and the CNN Medical Unit producers. They'll share news and views on health and medical trends - info that will help you take better care of yourself and the people you love.