Differentiating Oneiric Stupor in Agrypnia Excitata From Dreaming Disorders

Luca Baldelli, Federica Provini

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Oneiric Stupor (OS) in Agrypnia Excitata represents a peculiar condition characterized by the recurrence of stereotyped gestures such as mimicking daily-life activities associated with the reporting of a dream mentation consisting in a single oneiric scene. It arises in the context of a completely disorganized sleep structure lacking any physiological cyclic organization, thus, going beyond the concept of abnormal dream. However, a proper differential diagnosis of OS, in the complex world of the “disorders of dreaming” can become quite challenging. The aim of this review is to provide useful clinical and videopolygraphic data on OS to differentiate it from other dreaming disorders. Each entity will be clinically evaluated among the areas of dream mentation and abnormal sleep behaviors and its polygraphic features will be analyzed and distinguished from OS.

Original languageEnglish
Article number565694
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Publication statusPublished - Nov 12 2020


  • agrypnia excitata
  • differential diagnosis
  • dreams
  • hallucinations
  • nightmares
  • oneiric stupor
  • RBD
  • sleep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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