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Is sleep apnea the same thing as parasomnia?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Apnea is when you stop breathing.
Parasomnias are behaviors like sleep walking, sleep eating, night terrors and sleep paralysis.

In brief: No

Apnea is when you stop breathing.
Parasomnias are behaviors like sleep walking, sleep eating, night terrors and sleep paralysis.
Dr. Gary Lederman
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