• Parasomnias

    Overview

    Parasomnias are episodes of abnormal or unwanted behavior in sleep. Usually the behavior is noted by others and not the patient. Parasomnias often include walking, talking or rocking during sleep.

    The most common parasomnias are talking while asleep, night terrors, starts (body jerks) and REM sleep behavior disorder, which is characterized by the patient, usually an older male, acting out his dreams. Parasomnias also include sleepwalking and bed-wetting. In some cases, parasomnia activity is inherited.   

    Treatment

    Parasomnias do not always need to be treated. When necessary, medications such as clonazepam may be used.
     

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