Dr. Wolfe explains how parasomnia is diagnosed and describes the treatments.
Sleep study with EEG monitoring and video monitoring is the best way to diagnose a parasomnia.
In people that have parasomnias due to an underlying sleep disorder, we always treat that sleep disorder first, such as restless legs or obstructive sleep apnea. In addition, we would look for any stresses in life that could be altered, like a bad sleeping environment or noise in the sleeping environment. If none of those things impact the parasomnia, medications, specifically benzodiazepines, are the first line therapy.
About Dr. Lisa Wolfe, M.D.:
Dr. Lisa Wolfe, M.D., earned her medical degree from Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health. She completed her residency and her fellowship at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. Dr. Wolfe is board certified in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep medicine.
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