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Sleep Related Behaviors (Parasomnias)

Parasomnias are disruptive behaviors in sleep that occur during an arousal from rapid eye movement (REM) sleep or non rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. Parasomnias can be primary or secondary to another underlying sleep or medical disorder. While parasomnias can occur at any age, certain types such as night terrors and sleepwalking are more common in younger people while other types like REM Behavior Disorder are more common in older individuals. The most common types of parasomnias are: