How can parasomnias affect your child?

Growing children need more sleep as their bodies change and develop. However, getting enough rest can be a challenge if they experience disruptive sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, night terrors or sleep talking.

These common types of parasomnias more frequently affect children than adults though they may not persist into adolescence, according to a study published in Sleep. Unfortunately, sleepwalking, night terrors and occasional sleep talking episodes may follow an individual into his or her adult life, impairing the ability to get the recommended amount of sleep needed each night.

Studies have shown that lack of sleep can be detrimental to a child’s overall success and performance in academics. Too few hours of sleep can affect memory, alertness and the ability to process information.

Many times, parasomnias can be managed by making sure the individual will be safe during an episode. For instance, if the individual is prone to sleepwalking, blocking off access to stairs and other potential hazards is a precaution that should be taken.

Are you concerned about your child’s ability to sleep at night? Our board-certified sleep specialists can help. At FusionSleep, our staff are trained in helping patients find a sleep solution that meets their needs. To schedule a consultation with our team, please call (678) 990-3962.