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How Can I Protect During Myself During Sleep Walking Episodes
Get enough sleep: Sleep walking occurs more often under conditions of sleep deprivation and takes place during the first third of your sleep cycle mostly. That is where you have the deepest and non rem sleep. Educating yourself about sleepwalking, going to bed on time and minimizing stress can help. Medical intervention is rarely needed but off label use of benzodiazepines has been used effectively. Consult your dr. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
Many: Sleepwalkers have been known to walk, talk, eat, even send emails during their sleep. Sometimes episodes can be provoke by certain medications like triazolam, zolpidem/ambien, tricyclics antidepressant, and sleepifying antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or clortrimeton. ...Read more
My 6 yr old is sleep walking she gets out of bed and walks and talks during the night hours and it's happening almost every night.Should I be worried?
Not necessarily: Sleep walking/talking are often a product of long term sleep deficits.Inconsistent bed times or too much tech/TV just before bed can cause poor sleep.A 6 yo should get about 10 hrs of sleep/night. Stopping TV/tech at least an hour before going to bed helps them get into a bedtime pattern.As little as 30 min more sleep per night could end this pattern . ...Read more
Work on sleep ritual: Sleep walking is felt to represent a problem with deep sleep resulting from a longer term lack of efficient sleep. As little as an extra half hour per day of restorative sleep may stop the process.Stopping tv or video games within the hours before sleep can help as well as day planning to protect sleep duration. ...Read more
Sleep walking: Reports are conflicting. Some say they should be gently guided back to bed without waking them. Others counter that idea & say that waking a sleepwalker may result in their disorientation, but it is not harmful. ...Read more
Possible bad effects: A sleepwalker seems awake but is asleep. It you disturb the person it can cause a fright or flight response like a panic attack and really have negative effects. It is best to leave them alone and just be sure they are protected from harming themselves or others. ...Read more
Sleep issues: Sleep walking/talking/terrors are often related to lack of adequate sleep habits.They often arise or worsen during periods of excessive scheduled activities.An 11 yo should never try to get by on less than 9 hrs/night and heavy sport participation or studying adds to that need.Sleeep more/walk less. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Some are such as:: Sleep terrors and sleep talking, and both are self explanatory. There is also rem sleep behavior disorder and people, mostly older men, act out it is thought, their dreams in complex and sometimes violent fashion. That may be associated with parkinson's disorder or be post stroke in nature. That leads to the belief it is a central nervous system disorder based in the lower half of the brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sleep disorder: Sleep walking, night terrors & sleep talking are often signs of poor sleep habits & lack of adequate restorative sleep. Sleep walking in kids can also be a safety risk requiring a home review. You don't want junior walking down the street at night getting into a better sleep routine and adding as little as a half hour per night of good sleep may end the issue. ...Read more
Sleep walking: Somnambulism is not something you want to happen. It can be a normal part of sleep, or it can be pathologic. Yes there are things we do that can make it more likely, but you are not likely to get that information from a sleep physician. If you have this problem then a sleep physician can help to resolve the issue. ...Read more
Sleepwalking: Treatment needs to be individualized, but generally includes making the sleep environment safer. Also, making lifestyle changes that decrease the likelihood of episodes. Some medications used to treat depression or insomnia may cause sleepwalking. Consulting with a sleep specialist may be useful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Parasomnia: The medical term for sleepwalking is 'somnambulism'. It is one of many 'parasomnias'...Unusual or undesirable events that occur while asleep. It requires consultation with a professional trained in 'sleep medicine'. Using an oral appliance or a CPAP device may remove this behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 ...Read more
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