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