Any parasomnia disorder attributed to an abnormal arousal mechanism with frequent and/or prolonged stress not resolved by a flight-or-fight reaction or relaxation.
Classic arousal disorders
Sleepwalking, sleep terrors, confusional arousals.
Sleep apnoea, heartburn, periodic limb movement during sleep.
Injury, violence, excess eating, disturbance of bedpartner or family.
Prescription drugs, behaviour modification (e.g., hypnosis or relaxation/mental imagery).
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arousal disorderSleep disorders Any parasomnia disorder attributed to an abnormal arousal mechanism with frequent and/or prolonged stress Arousal disorders Sleepwalking, sleep terrors, confusional arousals Risk factors Sleep apnea, heartburn, or periodic limb movement during sleep Complications Injury, violence, excess eating, disturbance of bedpartner or family Management Prescription drugs, behavior modification–eg, hypnosis or relaxation/mental imagery. See Adaptation response, Fight-or-flight response. Cf Relaxation response.
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a·rous·al dis·or·der(ă-row'zăl dis-ōr'dĕr)
1. A broad term for parasomnia disorders that range from sleepwalking to sleep terrors; involves a state of being between sleep and wakefulness.
2. A condition or disorder in which normal sexual response is impaired or lacking (e.g., physiologic vaginal lubrication, maintenance of male erection).
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