Abnormal Behaviors During Sleep

Abnormal behavior during sleep, also known as parasomnia, is a diverse group of sleep disorders. The one thing that is common to all of them is that there is some behavior during sleep that the family, or the rarely the patient, may notice. In most instances of parasomnia the patient may not be aware of this behavior.

Some patients (usually children) may just wake up crying, confused inconsolable. Some patients (usually children) may sleep walk or sleep talk although these can occur in adults too. Some may go to the kitchen and eat or bring some food back to the bedroom and eat (sleep related eating disorders) without even knowing that they have done this. However a few patients with eating disorder during sleep (nocturnal eating disorder) wakeup in the middle of the night and go to the kitchen looking for food and are aware that they are doing this.

Sleep Walking

There are other parasomnias that may have more sinister underlying causes. These include REM sleep behavior (repetitive violent dreams) that causes injury, seizures during sleep and movement disorders during sleep. These may be characterized by a more serious underlying sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or neurological disorders like brain tumors, Parkinson's disease to just name a few. These parasomnias may also cause physical injury.

It may be important to see the sleep doctor if you think that you're loved one or you may have a parasomnia. It may be important to diagnose an underlying cause of this parasomnia if one such exists. There is treatment available for parasomnias.

Our board-certified sleep doctor at Sleep Medicine Institute of Texas, PA is knowledgeable about parasomnias, their causes and their treatment and may be able to help you or you're loved one. Please call us at (903) 787-7533 or go HERE to begin the process to schedule a personalized consultation with us at Sleep Medicine Institute of Texas, PA.