Sleep disorders are from antiquity until today

Sleep disorders are from antiquity until today

With the arrival of the night one fell into a panic. Prepare the coffee mug and begin to see what is on the TV. Take a cold shower. Walk in order not to fall asleep. Frightened one may not know where one will wake up and nightmares turn out to be true.

Lunatics meaning people who sleep walk, or sleepwalkers are known since antiquity. The first evidence of this unusual phenomenon refers to the time of the Sumerian Empire where a princess could not marry because she had a habit of wandering in the moonlight nights on the roof of the palace and stood in dangerous proximity to the end. At some time she called on a majestic step toward her bedroom, and in the morning would not remember anything.

Similar stories can be found on ancient Egyptian Papyrus, Romans and WAS analyzed by the works of Greek authors. In medieval Europe the unfortunate lunatics tried to keep secret there shortcomings because of inquisition which declared them possessed by evil spirits and would send e them to the stake.

Only in the XVII century, when morals declared that sleepwalking was no longer to be regarded as something sinful was when those 'sinful' cases began to be described in the chronicles.

One of the most famous stories was that of a shoemaker Erhelio Mandres. During the full moon he climbed on the roof of a cathedral and sang for hours in a language unknown to Spaniards. His singing was fascinating. His fame spread rapidly throughout Spain and tourists flocked to hear his lovely serenades. But listeners have to sit up during the day the cobbler could not sing due to complete absence of hearing music, and categorically denied his involvement at the night concerts. His "career" singer / lunatic ended in tragedy: once someone in the crowd cried out sharply, he startled and woke up falling to his death.


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