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Parasomnia is defined as an abnormal event during sleep, and this often includes sleepwalking, night terrors, and disoriented arousals.

It's believed that these abnormalities occur in a mixed state of sleep and wakefulness, where the person is alert enough to perform complex behaviours, yet remains unaware of his or her actions.

Younger children are more likely to experience parasomnias; however, typically these occurrences do not indicate significant psychiatric or psychological problems. These disorders are hereditary and are often more severe when a child is sick, sleep deprived, or taking certain medications. Another factor to consider is stress, during increased times of stress, parasomnias may be seen more frequently.

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