What Are Parasomnias?

Parasomnias are a group of sleep disorders that involve unwanted events or experiences that occur during sleep. Parasomnias may include abnormal movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions or dreams. Although the behaviors may be complex and appear purposeful to observers, the person experiencing them may remain asleep during the event and often has no memory of its occurrence.

Parasomnias include:

  • Sleepwalking
  • Confusional arousals
  • Sleep terrors
  • Sleep eating disorder
  • REM sleep behavior disorder
  • Nightmare disorder
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Bed-wetting (enuresis)
  • Sleep hallucinations
  • Exploding head syndrome
  • Sleep talking

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Sleep Disorders Center
The Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Sleep Disorders Center provides day and night sleep studies for diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, periodic limb movement disorder, nocturnal behaviors (sleep walking, talking and eating in sleep, acting out dreams) disorders and narcolepsy. Patients have the option of completing diagnostic studies at home using ambulatory monitoring technology.

Please call 847.535.8000 to schedule an appointment at our Grayslake location.

The Sleep Disorders Center also sees patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago.

Northwestern Medicine Centers for Sleep Health
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital are two of few medical systems in Illinois to offer on-campus facilities dedicated to sleep disorders. Both facilities earned American Academy of Sleep Medicine accreditation—considered the gold standard—from the largest professional medical society for clinicians and researchers in the field of sleep medicine. The Centers for Sleep Health offer:

  • Advanced diagnostic testing
  • Personalized attention from certified sleep specialists
  • Home-like amenities with the technology of a regional medical center put you at ease
  • Consistently high scores for overall patient satisfaction
  • Fast results shared with your primary care physician for follow-up and treatment

Please call 630.933.2975 for Sleep Health Center services offered at either Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital or Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital.

Services and Care at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee and Valley West Sleep Disorder Centers

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Sleep Disorder Centers conduct sleep studies to diagnose a variety of disorders in adults. The Sleep Disorder Center in DeKalb, which is an Accredited Member Center of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, also treats children age 3 and older.

Sleep studies are performed overnight using advanced computerized equipment to monitor the brain as it transitions through the stages of sleep and measure the functions of the lungs, heart, and other parts of the body.

The Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Sleep Disorder Centers in DeKalb and Sandwich are trusted medical facilities known for their compassionate and excellent care. Benefits of receiving sleep studies in DeKalb and Sandwich include:

  • Highly trained polysomnographers: Each with more than 10 years of experience
  • Smooth and convenient process: For physicians who are scheduling patients and receiving reports
  • Home-like setting in private rooms: Patients sleep in a regular bed and are free to bring items from home to make bedtime comfortable

Related Resources

The National Sleep Foundation* offers information on sleep and parasomnias.
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