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what are some reason as to why it's so dangerous to wake a sleepwalker?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Superstition: This is silly stuff, spooky legend. If they need to be awakened because of danger to themselves, do it. Sleep specialists have some simply, easy, safe rx's that can usually manage this.

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A 49-year-old member asked:

Why do people say is it dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Let me explain: It is dangerous if you do it in the wrong way. Stop sleepwalkers and get them back to bed. How? Gently turn them around and make sure they return to the bedroom safely. If they resist, stay with them and help them avoid perilous objects and situations. If you must awaken them, do so with loud noises rather than by shaking or touching them roughly.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What is the safest way to awaken a sleepwalker?

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Dr. Vikas Jain
Sleep Medicine 13 years experience
Not to: Generally it is better to gently guide them back to sleep rather than to awaken them.
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: sleepwalker?

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Dr. Christopher Wilson
Sleep Medicine 21 years experience
Walking during sleep: Sleepwalking is a disorder of arousal characterized by short simple behavior or longer wandering episodes, with the completion of complex but purposeless tasks and memory impairment for the event (american academy of sleep medicine 2005). Episodes usually occur in the first 3 hours of the night and the disorder may run in families.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Why would it be dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker?

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Dr. Bashar Brijawi
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Sleepwalking: During the episode of sleepwalking you will be in deep sleep while walking and you might injure yourself, therefore safe enviroment around the bed, bedroom is very important, sometime we consider medicine treatment if you have frequent episodes with potential injury.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to wake a sleepwalker?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Gently.

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