The team of leading physicians at Bluepoint Medical Associates, with convenient locations in both Centreville and Leesburg, Virginia, help patients who suffer from parasomnia sleep disorders. Bluepoint’s effective parasomnia treatments have enabled numerous children and adults across Northern Virginia get the restful sleep they need.
What Is Parasomnia?
Parasomnias are sleep disorders characterized by disruptive and undesirable behaviors. These behaviors include:
- Sleep talking
- Night terrors and nightmares
- REM sleep behavior disorder
- Confusional arousals
- Sleep paralysis
Are these disorders dangerous?
Some disorders, such as sleep talking, typically don’t threaten a person’s health. However, others such as sleepwalking can. A person who is walking while not fully cognoscente of his or her surroundings can easily have an accident. Night terrors or nightmares may not pose physical danger, but can be emotionally disturbing and disrupt sleep, causing daytime fatigue.
Should someone exhibiting parasomnia symptoms be awakened?
Trying to awaken a person during a parasomniac episode may trigger an aggressive or violent reaction. For that reason, it is better to either gently lead the person back to bed, guiding the person by the arm while talking in a soft voice.
Who is at risk for parasomnias?
About 10% of the population in this country suffer from parasomnias, according to the National Sleep Foundation. These disorders are more common in children, but affect adults as well. Children are especially vulnerable due to the immaturity of their brains. Many eventually do outgrow their parasomnias. These sleep issues also seem to have a genetic component, as they frequently run in families. Parasomnias may be triggered by various medications and other types of sleep disorders like obstructive sleep apnea.
How are parasomnias treated?
At Bluepoint Medical our experienced sleep medicine specialists utilize a variety of approaches to remedying parasomnias. Depending on the individual’s symptoms, age and situation, treatment can include:
- Creating a healthy sleep routine, including keeping a regular sleep schedule, implementing a relaxing bedtime regime, and making sure to get enough sleep.
- Lifestyle changes, such as increasing exercise and stress management techniques.
- Medications may be prescribed drug therapies that are used to control symptoms.