Sleep Seizures

Patient : Occasionally (once a month or twice a month) as I fall asleep with my eyes closed, I get a severe ringing in my ears and as I become aware of this ringing I am unable to wake up or open my eyes for between a minute or two. During this period I feel trapped and I am aware of what is happening but am not able to anything to stop it. Sometimes the ringing is so bad I feel myself screaming but still can't wake up, and when I do wake up my wife has not heard any noise from me? Are these seizures of some kind?
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