Repeated episodes of rising from bed and walking about during sleep; while sleepwalking, the individual has a blank stare and can be awakened only with great difficulty. On awakening, the individual has amnesia for the episode.

Symptoms of Sleepwalking

The following features are indicative of Sleepwalking:
  • opening eyes during sleep
  • walking during sleep
  • glassy-eyed expression
  • excessive daytime sleepiness
  • fatigue
  • sitting up and appearing awake during sleep
  • acting confused or disoriented when the person wakes up

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Common Causes of Sleepwalking

The following are the most common causes of Sleepwalking:
  • sleep deprivation
  • stress
  • fever
  • sleep schedule disruptions
  • restless legs syndrome
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease
  • excessive intake of alcohol

Risk Factors for Sleepwalking

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Sleepwalking:
  • children age
  • family history of sleepwalking

Prevention of Sleepwalking

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Sleepwalking. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • do not use alcohol
  • do not use antidepressant medicines
  • avoid or minimize stress, anxiety, and conflict

Occurrence of Sleepwalking

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Sleepwalking cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Sleepwalking can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Sleepwalking can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Sleepwalking

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Sleepwalking:
  • Physical examination: To identify any conditions that may be confused with sleepwalking, such as nighttime seizures, other sleep disorders or panic attacks
  • Polysomnography: To record and monitor brain waves, the oxygen level in the blood, heart rate and breathing

Complications of Sleepwalking if untreated

Yes, Sleepwalking causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Sleepwalking is left untreated:
  • behaviour issues
  • hurt themselves
  • eat something inappropriate during a sleepwalking episode

Self-care for Sleepwalking

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Sleepwalking:
  • Avoid alcohol: Drinking alcohol can interfere with a good night's sleep and may be a trigger for sleepwalking
  • Avoid use of antidepressant medicines: Can interfere with a good night's sleep and may be a trigger for sleepwalking

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Sleepwalking

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Sleepwalking:
  • Do relaxation exercises: Helps to reduce the stress
  • Do meditation: Helps person to quiet for sleep

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Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Sleepwalking.

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