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Sleep Disorders: A Prelude - Glossary

Sleep bruxism: Repeated episodes of biting the teeth during sleep.

Hypnotics: Sedatives that are given to induce sleep.

Sleep paralysis: an inability to perform voluntary movements which occur at sleep onset


Hpnagogic hallucinations: These are vivid, frightening, dream-like experiences that occur in the transition from wakefulness to sleep.

Seep hygiene: The life style modifications adopted to achieve good sleep

Hypoxemia: Decreased levels of oxygen in the blood.

Hypercapnia: Increased levels of carbon dioxide in the blood.

Cataplexy: The person has weakness in some muscles like for e.g. Facial muscles, following strong emotions like laughter or anger.

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Elderly66 Wednesday, April 17, 2013

I am 66 years old woman. Lately I am experiencing that in the middle of the night I am howling due to some terrible nightmare, generally I realise in sleep that I am howling, I get awakened, mostly am unable to recall the dream sequence, but a general feeling of dread is there. It is disturbing my family. I am on a drug [ pentoprazole] stomach disorder. Kindly help.

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