Parasomnias are abnormal behaviors during sleep of which the sleeper is unaware.

Parasomnias can be quite bothersome; examples include sleep talking, sleep terrors or recurrent nightmares.

Some forms of parasomnia can be dangerous and include:

  • Violent behaviors, such as striking out or thrashing.
  • Complex behaviors, such as leaving the house, even driving while asleep.

Most parasomnia behaviors are readily treated by a sleep specialist.

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