Parasomnias in childhood

Rupali Bansal, Stephen H. Sheldon

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BACKGROUND Parasomnias are unpleasant or undesirable behavioral, experiential, or motor phenomena that occur predominantly or exclusively during the sleep period (1). They may be classified as dysfunctions associated with transitions into sleep, partial arousals during sleep, or following arousals from sleep (2,3). Parasomnias can be categorized either as primary or secondary. Transitional parasomnias typically occur during wake-to-sleep transitions and can persist into N1 (Stage 1) sleep. Primary parasomnias can be subdivided by the sleep from which they appear, e.g., rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, non-REM (NREM) sleep, or both. Secondary parasomnias are more commonly associated with other organ system dysfunction and manifest symptoms during the sleep period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSleep and Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781420048087
ISBN (Print)1420048074, 9781420048070
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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