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what is the definition or description of: sleep walking?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
Somnambulism: Sleep walking is the act of movement, typically walking, during unconscious state of sleep. Person has no conscious awareness of the act. Typically this occurs during nrem sleep because during rem there is mostly atonia found making it impossible. Falls into same category as sleep sex, sleep talking and even sleep terrors.
Answered on Dec 1, 2012
Dr. David May
Dr. David May answered
29 years experience Dentistry
Slow wave sleep: Arising from your bed during slow wave sleep and in a state of low consciousness, performing activities that you normally perform consciously, like walking.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016

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