Parasomnia is a type of sleep disorder that is more common than you think. This disorder involves abnormal behaviour in a sleeping state. A person having parasomnia might move around, walk, talk or do any unusual activities while sleeping. The person does these activities during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) cycle.
A person having parasomnia might not even remember the activities they do while sleeping as their brain is completely in the subconscious state believing they are dreaming but in reality, they are doing the unusual activities.
According to a recent study, sleep disorders like parasomnia are more prevalent among people doing night shifts at work. This may not really affect the person having it but the people close by could be at risk as it is uncertain what the person may do while they are sleeping.
Apart from the unusual activities a person may do while they are asleep, parasomnia has many indicators that may help diagnose the condition.
- wake up disoriented or confused
- wake up confused about the whereabouts
- Not able to remember anything
- find unfamiliar cuts on the body
- have difficulty sleeping throughout the night
- Constantly feeling fatigued and drowsiness even after sleeping
Though it is a difficult condition to deal with it does not mean it does not have any treatment. The symptoms of parasomnia have been observed to reduce in intensity simply by developing good sleep habits. A good sleep routine may include many factors like managing stress and anxiety, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, sleeping in a room with fewer distractions. There are many drug therapies, cognitive behavioural therapies that have helped in managing the intensity of parasomnia.
It is important to seek treatment if there is a risk of having an injury while the person is asleep or there is a risk that the person having this problem may harm others.
It is suggested to consult a sleep doctor who may recommend sleep medicines, behavioural therapy or making positive lifestyle changes that might help curb the problem. You may check Canadian pharmacy prices for your prescribed medicines online.
In case you or your spouse sleepwalks around the house, you can take some precautions to avoid any injury. Such as,
- Add alarms or locks on the bedroom door and windows
- Make an effort to sleep on the ground floor
- Clear the bedroom of things that might cause a fall
- Get enough sleep every night
- Clear the bedroom of any distractions such as electronic devices
- Keep a regular sleep schedule (Sleep and wakeup at the same time every day)
- Use sleeping pills only if prescribed by the doctor
- Make adjustments to your work routine if you are a night shift worker
- Avoid alcohol or substance use
- Do not drink water before going to bed this is a simple but important factor as the need to go to the bathroom during the night may cause disruption in the sleep routine
- Do exercise or cardio daily
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