Sleep Related Topics

Sleep and Wellness
Sleep Apnea
Snoring Is Not Funny
Not Enough Sleep
Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
What Is Parasomnia?
Sleep and Children
Sleep Hygiene
Sleep Study Procedure (PSG)
CPAP Titration
Actual Sleep Study

What Is Parasomnia?

This term refers to a wide range of symptoms and signs that in most of the cases are benign, but can be at times life-threatening.  Most of these symptoms occur during childhood and gradually patients grow out of these conditions.

There are different sleep disorders which are in this category such as sleep walking, sleep nightmares, difficulty waking up (disorder of arousal), and sleep related eating.  Most of these illnesses occur during non-REM sleep.  Other parasomnias could include sleep talking, rhythmic body movement during the sleep, and bruxism, which means grinding teeth while we are asleep.  Most of the movement disorders are usually diminished or vanished during the sleep, but certain ones can be frightening and life-threatening, such as nocturnal seizures and REM behavior disorder (REMD).

Certain seizure disorders primarily occur at night and can easily mimic neurological disorders.  A complete neurological as well as sleep consultation may be required and a proper treatment in most cases are very affective.

REM behavior disorder is an interesting sleep disorder that occurs more in the elderly population.  These patients usually have other associated neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and dementia.  During this process, the patient loses the paralyzing affect that normally occurs during sleep, and the dreaming process that the patient is having during sleep presents itself physically during sleep, and this can be a very harmful to the patient or their loved ones.  We have seen significant injuries which can occur with this condition and a consultation with neurologist and a sleep specialist could result in the proper treatment and elimination or minimization of these conditions.

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