Dr. Wolfe explains parasomnia and shares when a vivid dream is considered a medical concern.
A parasomnia is any abnormal activity during sleep. It could be as minor as screaming out or speaking in the sleep, but it could be as significant as acting out a complex activity like getting up out of bed, going downstairs to the kitchen and cooking yourself a meal.
If you wake up and you are tired with a vivid dream, it’s a sign that your vivid dreaming may be from obstructive sleep apnea, and you should talk to your doctor about it. Sleep should be refreshing. If you get up in the morning and feel like you’ve just fought a battle, that’s a sign that your sleep at night is not what it should be.
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.
Visit Dr. Wolfe at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation