Non-rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias and Restless Leg Syndrome in Women

Muna Irfan, Michael J. Howell

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Non-Rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias (Non-REM) and sleep related movements disorders have significant impact for patients especially women leading to sleep disruption, injuries and poor quality of life. Non-Rem parasomnias include sleep walking, confusional arousal, night terrors, sleep related eating and sleep related sexual behavior. Common sleep related movement disorders in women are restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. Careful historical account and appropriate testing modalities facilitate diagnosis. Management includes careful consideration and elimination of factors which disrupt sleep such as incriminating medications and concurrent sleep disorders. Pharmacotherapy and behavioral intervention can be employed to alleviate the sleep condition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurrent Clinical Neurology
PublisherHumana Press Inc.
Number of pages30
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020

Publication series

NameCurrent Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)1559-0585
ISSN (Electronic)2524-4043


  • Non-rapid eye movement parasomnias
  • Non-REM parasomnias in women
  • Parasomnias in women
  • Periodic limb movement disorder
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Restless leg syndrome in women

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