Do you walk while sleeping?
suffer from the problem of sleepwalking also known as Somnambulism.
Sleepwalking usually happens in the first few hours of sleep in the stage
called slow-wave or deep sleep. It is a kind of sleep disorder that is initiated
during slow wave sleep which outcome in walking during sleep. Not all
sleepwalkers actually walk. Some simply sit up or stand in bed or act like
they're awake. Sleepwalkers' eyes are open, but they don't see the same way
they do when they're awake. Occasional sleepwalking isn't a big deal, just you
need to take precautions so that you don't fall down, run into something, or
walk out the front door while sleepwalking. However frequent sleepwalking is
serious and you must see doctor for proper treatment.
to drugs and alcohol
Pregnancy and menstruation are known to
increase the frequency of sleepwalking.
conditions like nighttime asthma
Arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms)
cause of sleepwalking among children is unknown and in elders sleep walking may
be a symptom of an organic brain syndrome or REM behavior disorders.
- Walking during sleep
- Eyes open during sleep
- May have blank facial
- No recall of the event
- May sit up and appear
awake during sleep
- Other detailed activity
during sleep, any sort
disorientation on awakening
- Sleep talking is
incomprehensible and non-purposeful
How you can help yourself:
Relax at bedtime by listening
to soft music or relaxation tapes.
Have a regular sleep schedule
and stick to it.
Avoid the use of alcohol or central nervous
system depressants if you sleep walk.
Try to minimize stress, anxiety, and
conflict, which can worsen the condition.
Keep noise and lights to a
minimum while you're trying to sleep.
Remove anything from the
bedroom that could be hazardous or harmful.
Meditate or do relaxation
exercises before sleeping.
Avoid getting too tired and try to prevent insomnia,
because this can trigger a sleep walking episode.
(Sources: medicinenet.com, kidshealth.org, nlm.nih.gov)
Sources: kidshealth.org/kid/stay_healthy/body/sleepwalking.html, babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2009/01/02/man-is-aquitted-of-sex-assault-charges-his-excuse.aspx)