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. This article discusses NREM and REM parasomnias as well as transitional rhythmic movement disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Sleep and Circadian Rhythms
Subtitle of host publicationVolume 1-6, Second Edition
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323910941
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Confusional arousals sleepwalking
  • Isolated sleep paralysis
  • Nightmare disorder
  • Parasomnias in children
  • REM sleep without atonia
  • Sleep terrors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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