'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues
But condition remains poorly defined and little understood, researcher says
Sleep drunkenness was also associated with sleeping too little or too much. About 20 percent of those who slept less than six hours a night and 15 percent of those who slept at least nine hours suffered from sleep drunkenness, the investigators found. In addition, people with sleep apnea were also more likely to have the problem.
Rye doesn't think the study pinpoints the most common problems associated with sleep drunkenness.
Confusional arousal is poorly defined, he said. "We need to know more about how to define and recognize those with the problem, how it negatively impacts patients' lives, how large is the unmet clinical need, and determine whether a doc should care about the complaint," Rye said.
Dr. Scott Krakower, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y., said, "Many patients and doctors are not aware of what confusional arousals are. They can often be misinterpreted for other neurologic and psychiatric conditions."
Krakower noted that it is important to treat the underlying medical problem to avoid confusional arousals.
"In addition, staying on a proper sleep regimen is very important to prevent these premature arousals," he said.