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What causes sleepwalking?

What causes sleepwalking?

Hard to say but...: Some potential causes of sleep walking may be: hereditary (i.e., the condition may run in families) lack of sleep or fatigue. interrupted sleep or inefficient sleep (including from disorders like sleep apnea) illness or fever. certain medications. stress, anxiety. going to bed with full bladder. ...Read more

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Somnambulism (Definition)

Somnambulism = a paraphilia in which one walks or engages in other behaviors while ...Read more


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What are the complications involving sleepwalking in adults? How can it be stopped?

What are the complications involving sleepwalking in adults? How can it be stopped?

See a sleep doctor: Sleep walking is a parasomnia, or disorder which occurs during sleep. There are a myriad of complications, so it is best discussed with an expert physician who works in this area, as well as approaches to address the issue. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I am sleepwalking?

How can I tell if I am sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking: Best guide is your bed partner, or u can videotapethe incident, since sleepwalking occurs early in sleep during early stages, usually between 11 P.M. & 1 A.M. ...Read more

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Is there any way to get help for sleepwalking?

Yes: Sleepwalking is usually harmless. However, people can get into trouble by wandering out of their home, falling, running into things. If disturbed during the incident, individuals can become agitated. Sometimes, an underlying sleep problem like sleep apnea or leg twitches (periodic limb movements) can trigger the events. There are behavioral methods in addition to medication. See a doctor. ...Read more

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Can children tend to sleepwalk more then adults?

Can children tend to sleepwalk more then adults?

Sleepwalking: Yes, but children often grow out of sleepwalking. Sometimes it persists and you can also see it occur more predominantly in certain families. ...Read more

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What are things I can do to stop a child from sleepwalking?

What are things I can do to stop a child from sleepwalking?

Wake him up...: ...About an hour before the usual sleepwalking time, and let him go back to sleep. Works often enough to be worth a try. ...Read more

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At nights i sometimes sleepwalking, and im 28 years old. How can I sleepwalk when im so many years?

At nights i sometimes sleepwalking, and im 28 years old. How can I sleepwalk when im so many years?

Sleepwalking: Sleepwalking occurs in approximately 3.7% of adults on a regular basis. It is not as uncommon as was previously thought. I'm going to include two excellent reviews on the topic in the links below. Best wishes en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/sleep_murder www.Webmd.Com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleepwalking-causes. ...Read more

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Why am I sleepwalking ? I never did it at all as a child or teen. In the past 2 years it's happened maybe once every 6 months, but twice this week.

Sleepwalking: You may have a medical condition such as GERD, restless legs or other condition medication can be a cause as well. Your anxiety can also be a cause. Make sure you cant hurt yourself at night. Before bedtime, cut out auditory and visual stimuli. Finally, see your doctor to rule out medical problems and a psychotherapist to help you with your anxiety. ...Read more

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Why can't someone remember sleepwalking?

Because they are not: in an awake state while they are sleepwalking. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to interrupt someone sleepwalking?

Yes: Sleepwalking is usually harmless. However, people can get into trouble by wandering out of their home, falling, running into things. If disturbed during the incident, individuals can become agitated. Sometimes, an underlying sleep problem like sleep apnea or leg twitches (periodic limb movements) can trigger the events. There are behavioral methods in addition to medication. See a doctor. ...Read more

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I sleepwalk and am tired of it. What can I do to stop this?

I sleepwalk and am tired of it. What can I do to stop this?

See your doctor: If your symptoms are that intesnse, you need to see your doctor. Only he/she can make a correct diagnosis based on a physical examination. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was sleepwalking with a sprained anke?

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Ice, elevate: Walking on a sprained ankle probably won't cause any significant problems, unless the ankle is severely sprained and grossly unstable. You may have some increased swelling, for which ice and elevation will probably help. I assume you have an ankle brace for your sprain - consider wearing it at night if the sleepwalking is a recurrent problem. ...Read more

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What can happen if you touched a sleepwalker that's sleepwalking?

An agressive reactio: They are truly asleep. By awaking them they can have an aggressive reaction, movement as been scare from awakening any person. ...Read more

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Will there ever be a definite cure to sleepwalking or sleeptalking?

Will there ever be a definite cure to sleepwalking or sleeptalking?

Depends on cause: [1] overall: get enough sleep. De-stress: relax, meditate. Unplug before bedtime. [2] avoid provoking drugs: sleepy antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) tricyclics antidepressants, short acting sedatives like triazolam, zolpidem. [3] treat provoking conditions: gerd, restless leg syndrome, obstructive sleep apnea, seizures. Good luck! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if i've been sleepwalking with a sprained anke?

See below: There must not be much pain or it would wake you up. If concerned then sleep with an ankle brace on. ...Read more

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A lot of times i'll sleepwalk at night but i remember it in the morning. I always go back to bed after. Is there any special condition i have?

A lot of times i'll sleepwalk at night but i remember it in the morning. I always go back to bed after. Is there any special condition i have?

yes: It would be convenient to schedule a sleep study. Sometimes eeg is also recommended; you might get better soon. Consult your dr or a specialized neurologist/psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Sleepwalking on remeron--what to do to avoid this?

Sleepwalking on remeron--what to do to avoid this?

Advise your: Prescribing physician/ psychiatrist. Of 11, 737 people with reported side effects on remeron (mirtazapine), (mirtazapine) 40 people endorsed sleep walking. This is 0.34% but doesn't mean that the Remeron (mirtazapine) was the cause. Sleep disorders can occur with remeron (mirtazapine). ...Read more

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Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Is there a connection between sleepwalking and having night terrors?

Yes: Sleep walking is usually seen in older kids or adults but both are thought to represent a sleep entry disorder caused by sleep deficits. ...Read more

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Can an unfamiliar environment like a hotel cause sleepwalking? I havn't done it since childhood. Not sure why I would suddenly do it again last night.

Can an unfamiliar environment like a hotel cause sleepwalking? I havn't done it since childhood. Not sure why I would suddenly do it again last night.

Yes & no: Sleep walking is more often related lack of adequate restorative sleep causing a sleep deficit. Traveling or sleeping in a strange environment can aggravate this. Sleep entry is most often like a gentile glide into the stages, but a deficit triggers a rapid fall, like a near crash landing. Try budgeting more time for sleep & it should not recur. ...Read more

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I thought sleep walking would be funny, so how would I increase the chance I can sleepwalk?

I thought sleep walking would be funny, so how would I increase the chance I can sleepwalk?

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

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Why do i not remember being told last night to change on our 3 year old? Was i sleepwalking, since I just put her back to bed with the poopoo?

Possibly: Sleepwalking is sometimes the sign of sleep deprivation and not remembering any events that occurred during the process would be typical. ...Read more

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Why do i sleepwalk when i eat right before i go to sleep? This happens a lot to me.

Why do i sleepwalk when i eat right before i go to sleep? This happens a lot to me.

Unsure: you might have a trigger to sleep walk w mildly elevated blood sugars that happen normally after we eat. another possibility is we can a bit less blood flow to our brain while our body is focusing on digestion, this link is see in practice but the mechanism is not well understood. good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible to prevent sleepwalking/talking?

Is it possible to prevent sleepwalking/talking?

Couple of options: Sometimes waking up 1-3 hours after falling asleep (alarm or wake your child) may help. Some medications may help as well. Following a strict bedtime is occasionally effective. ...Read more

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Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

Long term effects of concussion as a child? I was sleepwalking fell down stairs and didn't wake up after for awhile.

May or may not: If you have not had any ongoing symptoms until now since childhood then there would be none. If you have had some symptoms all along since the fall without interruption for few months then these are likely permanent. ...Read more

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My son is 8 & has been sleepwalking for 4 years. He's irritable during the day.  what should we do?His pediatrician wasn't  concerned.

Sleep walking: Sleep walking is unfortunately a common problem. For children it falls into the category of sleep cycle problem. You might try waking your child after he falls asleep (maybe an hour or before you go to bed) and see if that shifts the cycle enough to eliminate the sleep walking. No side effects at least ad might everyone rest better. ...Read more

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Could alcohol / drug induce sleepwalking/talking?

Could alcohol / drug induce sleepwalking/talking?

Yes: Alcohol can induce sleep abnormalities including sleep walking and sleep talking. ...Read more

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I have problems with sleepwalking and insomnia my whole life. My doctor recently prescribed ambian. I have not takin it yet. Can it make my sleepwalking worse?

Hopefully not: All medications can have side effect and it can vary from one person to another. I have heard about people leaving their house and driving their car and not remembering doing that. I took it before and i had no problem with it , . ...Read more

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My family told me i've been sleepwalking lately, and i can't remember doing it, would sleeping pills prevent me from sleep walking?

Somnambulism: If you are sleepwalking infrequently (less than once or twice a month), most doctors will not be inclined to give you any medical treatment. However, some general strategies to employ would be to make sure you can't leave the house or injure yourself while you are sleepwalking. If the sleepwalking remains problematic, a low dose of Clonazepam before bedtime is sometimes prescribed. ...Read more

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My 7 yr old is sleepwalking and he is crying rubbing his tummy and vomits then peacefully goes to sleep and has no memory of it in morn. 2 mts now?

My 7 yr old is sleepwalking and he is crying rubbing his tummy and vomits then peacefully  goes to sleep and has no memory of it in morn. 2 mts  now?

Weird Sleep behavior: Sleep related behaviors are fairly common in children. Some children may arise and engage in complex and unexpected behaviors without any recollection(including our son's infamous "sleep peeing") these behaviors are more common in school age kids and may follow sleep disturbances. But, if your child is vomiting nightly for 2 months, that is unusual and i would seek further consultation. ...Read more

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Other than melatonin, what could i take to help me stay asleep but not have an effect on sleepwalking. I tend to sleepwalk on Zoloft and ambien (zolpidem).

Insomnia: The best way to initially combat insomnia is proper sleep hygiene. Be sure to exercise and eat healthy throughout the day, don`t drink caffeine 6 hrs before bedtime and only use your bed for sleep or sexual activity. Also, staying away from drugs and alcohol will help you get better rest. ...Read more

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I am on klonopin (clonazepam) for severe anxiety and ptsd, but it seems my OCD is just getting worse and i'm sleepwalking again, what else can I do?

I am on klonopin (clonazepam) for severe anxiety and ptsd, but it seems my OCD is just getting worse and i'm sleepwalking again, what else can I do?

Talk 2 doc.: Hopefully with the combination of symptoms you describe a psychiatrist is managing your medications. Obsessive-compulsive disorder generally requires a serotonergic medication such as a serotonin specific reuptake inhibitor or anafranil (clomipramine). You should tell your doctor about your symptoms so that they can be better addressed. ...Read more

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Sleepwalking (Definition)

sleepwalking (somnambulism)= walking or engaging in other actions while still ...Read more