How We Can Help
Parasomnia Treatment Information
Our physicians strive to help you sleep peacefully using the following services:
- Education. Following the rules of good sleep hygiene may reduce the frequency of parasomnias. You also need to sleep in a safe environment to minimize the safety concerns associated with parasomnias. Others require regular, healthy sleep habits and a good environment for sleep. We teach you these habits and strategies for restorative sleep to reduce your chance of experiencing a parasomnia.
- Overnight sleep study. To ensure your parasomnia is not related to another sleep disorder, our physicians may have you undergo an overnight sleep study to monitor your sleep. During a sleep study, small metal discs, called electrodes, are attached to the skin around your head. The electrodes feed information about your brain activity to an electroencephalogram (EEG). EEGs record the brain activity so we can map your sleeping pattern and note any abnormalities or disturbances causing the parasomnias. We may also take video of you sleeping if your parasomnias involve other movements or talking. Most patients perform sleep studies at our sleep clinics, though home sleep studies are an option for some patients.
- Medicine therapies. Some prescription medicines prevent parasomnias by letting you fall asleep and stay asleep. Sleep aids and sedatives can reduce parasomnia episodes, but may also make them worse. We work with you to find a medication and dosage that works best for ensure your parasomnias do not cause injury to you or another person.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy. Talking with one of our sleep psychologists may allow you to overcome the stress associated with parasomnias. Parasomnia may make you anxious about sleeping as well as cause you to believe things about falling asleep that are not true, such as you will have a nightmare if you fall asleep. We give you the tools you need to cope with and correct these beliefs and teach you behaviors to encourage restorative sleep.
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Parasomnia Support Services
Parasomnias can be stressful, but treatments exist to allow you to sleep peacefully. Learn more at the following websites.
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American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM)
AASM features information on different types of sleep disorders, their causes and treatments.