Parasomnias in Children

Stephen H Sheldon*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Parasomnias are defined as dysfunctions and undesirable events or experiences that occur during the onset of sleep, during sleep, or during arousals from sleep. They are typically associated with central nervous system activation, skeletal muscle activity, and/or autonomic nervous system manifestations. Parasomnias are considered clinical disorders because they can result in injury, sleep disruption, untoward psychological effects, and other adverse health effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep
PublisherElsevier Inc
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780123786111
ISBN (Print)9780123786104
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


  • Confusional arousals
  • Nightmares
  • Parasomnia
  • Partial arousals
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleepwalking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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