Parasomnia is a category of sleep disorder, which involves unusual or unnatural behavior, movements, emotions, perceptions, and dreams that occur while falling asleep, between sleep stages or during arousal from sleep. Eminent Psychiatrist Dr. Devendra Save informs us more about it in this article.
Dr. Save says:
- Parasomnia is a sleep disorder that causes abnormal behavior while sleeping. The behavior can occur during any stage of sleep, including the transition from wakefulness to sleeping and vice versa.
- If you have parasomnia, you might move around, talk or do unusual things during sleep. Other people might think that you’re awake, but you’re actually unconscious. You typically don’t remember the incident.
- While parasomnias are common, they can make it difficult to get restful sleep. The behavior might also disrupt the sleep of other people near you. Additionally, some parasomnias can be dangerous because you’re unaware of your surroundings. They can also have health-related side effects, such as psychological stress.
- Like other sleep disorders, parasomnias are treatable and one should immediately consider reaching out to a mental health professional to address this.