Definition of parasomnia in English:


Syllabification: par·a·som·ni·a
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈsämnēə


A disorder characterized by abnormal or unusual behavior of the nervous system during sleep: he’s being treated for parasomnia at a sleep disorder clinic
More example sentences
  • In some cases, parasomnia can cause people to commit crimes in their sleep.
  • Keep reading to learn about the three categories of parasomnia (rhythmic, paroxysmal, and static disorders) and find out how you can help your child.
  • Sleepwalking is a form of parasomnia, a class of sleep disorders characterized by partial wakefulness.


1930s: blend of para-1 and insomnia.

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