Sunday, May 31, 2009

Preventing Parasomnias: Get Plenty of Sleep

Parasomnias such as sleepwalking involve actions over which you have no deliberate control. You remain asleep or in a sleep-like state during an episode. As a result you are unaware of what is taking place. You are unable to make conscious decisions during the event.

This makes it important for you to act before an episode occurs. Preventing parasomnias will reduce unwanted sleep disturbances for you and those in your household.

One way to prevent parasomnias is to get plenty of sleep. Episodes of a parasomnia may be triggered by sleep deprivation.

Try to get a full night of sleep every night to keep your body and mind well rested. Most adults need about seven to eight hours of sleep per night.

Teens need a little more than nine hours of nightly sleep. Toddlers and schoolchildren need about nine to 14 hours of total daily sleep, depending on their age.

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