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Monday 21 November 2011


Sleepwalking is a fascinating phenomenon and surprisingly common, with about 15% of children aged 5 to 12 years will experience at least one episode of sleepwalking. Moreover, it is likely that the person does not know her sleepwalking state unless of injury during his nocturnal activities or be informed by a witness who attends his night wandering.

Sleepwalking occurs during slow-wave sleep. This is the part of peaceful sleep where dreams are less frequent. The activity of the dream does not occur during sleepwalking. In fact, brain activity is more comparable to that of a person awake to that of a sleeping person.

Sleepwalking is more common in young children than in adults and tends to disappear with time. There is also a familial tendency to somnambulism. In children, anxiety, or poor sleep habits are the causes that trigger sleepwalking. Similarly, in adults, lack of sleep, too much stress or anxiety can cause it to get out of bed and cause sleepwalking activities.

It is easy that sleepwalking can be found in dangerous situations, because, although their eyes open, his reasoning goes in sleep mode. Although some sleepwalkers can have violent behavior during their episodes or commit acts unusual, the myth that waking a sleepwalker could kill him is totally wrong. It may simply jump, to be confused and not remember what he has just done. If you are faced with an ill person sleepwalking, the quiet return her to his bed by the elbow to allow it to remain dormant if possible.

If you or a loved one are sleepwalking:

Avoid trigger, such as fatigue, stress or substances such as alcohol, drugs or certain drugs.

Provide security measures - barriers to block access to stairs, reinforced locks on doors and windows, protection against dangerous corners or edges. Of course, bunk beds are a bad idea in the case of a child sleepwalking.

Talk to your doctor about possible treatment options if the sleepwalking is disruptive or dangerous. In some cases, an underlying medical problem may be responsible. Prescription drugs and hypnosis have proven useful in some people.

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