Parasomnias are generally described as behaviors happening during sleep. Typically, parasomnias occur during the deepest stage of sleep, called Slow Wave Sleep (SWS). Any overlearned behavior (e.g., talking, walking, urinating, eating) can occur during sleep. Night terrors and sleepwalking can be quite normal in young children, and most grow out of such occurrences. These events often occur during the first third of the night. Children will typically not recall these events the following day, so it is best not to bring them up as this might cause confusion. Common triggers for increased frequency of such events can be: stress, sleep loss, illness, or underlying sleep disorders. Safety concerns can be noted in some cases (e.g., falling down steps, walking out the front door). In rare circumstances, seizures can be relevant rule-outs. Talk to your doctor if increased frequency or concerns about safety or seizures are noted.

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