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Is sleep apnea the same thing as parasomnia?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
No: Apnea is cessation (stoppage) of airflow. A parasomnia is an arousal from sleep. A night terror or sleep walking are examples of a parasomnia. Treatment is different for each type of parasomnia.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry 40 years experience
No: Apnea is when you stop breathing. Parasomnias are behaviors like sleep walking, sleep eating, night terrors and sleep paralysis.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
No: They are related, though. Parasomnias are disorders that occur during sleep. They can be leg movements, dreams, emotional disorders, etc. They are common in people who have sleep apnea. See about getting a sleep study or maybe consult with a dentist who is familiar with sleep disorders and ask about an oral appliance for osa (obstructive sleep apnea).
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Parasomnias: Parasomnias are Sleepwalking, Nightmares, REM sleep behavior disorders, Night terrors, Nocturnal eating disorders, & Teeth grinding. Sleep apnea is temporary stoppage of breathing during sleep, with daytime sleepiness.

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