Depression & Mental Health

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE PARASOMNIAS DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What are parasomnias during pregnancy?

Parasomnias are sleep disorders in which unwanted actions, emotions, or perceptions occur during sleep, or while you are falling asleep, or waking up. This is in contrast with dyssomnias, in which there is a problem with the quality or quantity of sleep, or the sleep schedule, although a parasomnia can cause a dyssomnia by interrupting sleep. The unwanted things that happen can be movements, the most well known being sleepwalking (somnambulism), but such movements also include more mild activities such as teeth grinding (bruxism) and extremely complex activities. Apart from movements, parasomnias also include talking during sleep, or other behaviors, or hallucinations, or other sensations, including night terrors. Sleep consists of different phases, including rapid eye movement (REM) and various stages comprising non-REM (NREM) sleep. Parasomnias typically occur during transitions between REM, NREM, and wakefulness, or during partial arousal from NREM sleep. Typically, the person has no memory of the action and often has trouble staying asleep through the night.


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