What are Parasomnias?

What are Parasomnias?

by Yenny (SU)
Do you or someone you know have trouble sleeping because of strange behaviors or activities during the night? This may be the result of a parasomnia. Parasomnias are a group of sleeping disorders that interfere with sleep, and are characterized by abnormal movements, activities, emotions, perceptions, or behaviors that occur while you are trying to fall asleep, while you are asleep, or while you are waking up. These activities may look completely normal and purposeful to an observer, but the person with a parasomnia is asleep and he or she will often have no memory of them when they wake. There are a number of disorders included under the heading of parasomnias, each with their own symptoms that are often associated with the phase of the sleep cycle in which they occur.