Parasomnia

Parasomnia Specialist
In some cases, parasomnia can lead people to engage in destructive behaviors during the night without even knowing, such as overeating, driving, leaving their homes, and even more violent behaviors, such as lashing out and hitting. Many people feel exasperated from the loss of control and poor sleep. If you’re concerned about parasomnia, the highly experienced Sound Sleep Health team treat patients in three locations in Kirkland and Seattle, Washington. Call or book online to learn more about these odd behaviors that happen while you sleep.

Parasomnia Q&A

What is parasomnia?

Parasomnia involves abnormal behaviors that people unknowingly engage in during sleep. Parasomnia is sometimes troublesome and can include:

  • Bedwetting
  • Sleep talking
  • Sleep walking
  • Eating while asleep
  • Night terrors
  • Recurrent nightmares


In some cases of parasomnia, violent, and unusual behaviors can manifest during sleep, such as striking out, leaving the house, or even driving.

Parasomnia is best treated by an experienced sleep specialist and will likely require sleep testing.

Researchers are delving into the causes of parasomnia, but there’s still a lot to be learned. They’re currently exploring the different phases of sleep and trying to understand more about the stages between deep sleep and wakefulness.

What causes parasomnia?

Several factors can cause parasomnia, including stress and depression, specific brain disorders, medications, and genetics.

Parasomnia is more common in children than adults, but many grow out of it, leaving behind such behaviors as bedwetting.

How is parasomnia diagnosed?

Parasomnia is diagnosed with a consultation and various sleep testing methods. The Sound Sleep Health team provide in-home testing to allow people to undergo sleep testing in the comfort of their own homes.

Rest assured, your Sound Sleep Health specialist will give you detailed instructions on how to use your portable sleep monitoring device. Specific information is recorded while you sleep, such as your breathing pattern and your blood oxygen level.

You might have to wear a device that records your sounds and even a leg band to check for leg movement. These tests are especially helpful to your specialist.

How is parasomnia treated?

While some parasomnias might resolve by themselves, if the symptoms worsen, become more frequent, and are ongoing for some time, you should visit a sleep specialist.

Treatment for parasomnias involves a variety of factors depending on the type, frequency, and severity of the parasomnias. Behavior modifications and lifestyle changes are common first steps.

Maintaining a regular sleep schedule is crucial to your treatment. Your sleep specialist also checks for any underlying medical conditions.

Your specialist might also recommend that you abstain from alcohol or caffeine for some time, to observe if your symptoms subside.

Whatever the parasomnia, the Sound Sleep Health team can treat it. Call or schedule your consultation online.

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