How do I treat sleep walking?

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.
See my health guide. Start there then make an effort to identify any possible cause you can reasonably attach to the sleep walking and tackle that problem directly. Your primary care physician may be able to help, or seek psychiatric or neurologic consultation. I'm sure you can track it down.

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Are there medications to treat sleep walking?

It's questionable. Some meds cause it at times - zolpidem (ambien) for instance, or other sedative hypnotic sleep meds. Many meds are tried but there is no research to suggest significant effectiveness of any medication. When it comes to night terrors, especially in children, diazepam (valium) in small doses has been used for years with reasonable effectiveness.
Sleep walking. If occasional, no treatment needed. Otherwise treating the cause is best.

What is sleep walking caused by?

Somnambulism. Sleep walking is "somnambulism" and is generally poorly understood...It is generally considered a "parasomnia"....A conditon of altered sleep. It is generally benign, but can pose safety issues for the sufferer...It would be wise to see your family doc for advice and possible referral to a sleep disorder clinic for evaluation and treatment.
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.

How do you diagnose sleep walking?

Two ways, generally. Someone tells us or we see the results of what we did when sleep walking. Some people save themselves a lot of embarrassment by waking up on their own before anyone sees them. They then go silently back to sleep and wake up the next morning with the choice to tell someone and voluntarily embarrass themselves or just be quiet. Really, no need to be embarrassed, it's involuntary.
Hx and tests. Your doctor can make a diagnosis of sleep walking based on adequate history from you and family members and your recollections/lack of, in sleep related activities. He/she can also request a sleep study on you to help in making the diagnosis.

Will any drugs cause sleep walking?

Some can. A number of patients I have treated engaged in sleep walking while taking ambien (zolpidem).

Is it possible to stop my sleep walking?

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.

What can I do to help quit sleep walking?

Self limited. Usually resolves spontaneously within weeks place a motion detector alarm into the room klonopin may be useful for a few weeks.

How do you cope with your child sleep walking?

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.

Is sleep walking something you either do or not?

Like everything else. We either do or do not do everything in life. The difference is whether we control doing or not doing things or don't control them. By definition sleep walking is involuntary. Other types of behavior done in our sleep exist that are also involuntary such as sleep talking and sitting up with night terrors.
Yes. I never had any sleep walking in my whole life.
Sleepwalking. Sleepwalking can happen in the deepest stage of sleep called delta or slow wave sleep. It can be genetic but may happen spontaneously or may happen in sleep apnea or by some meds like Ambien (zolpidem) etc. Please ensure safety so there is no bodily damage.
Sleep walk. One theory is that the cause is a delay in maturation of the central nervous system. Other possibilities include genetic predisposition, excess tiredness, sleep deprivation, fever, other sleep disorders such as restless legs, or medications.

Is it possible to tell if you were sleep walking?

Sleep walking. Difficult to answer, I guess if you wake up elsewhere that may be a clue, or if someone witnesses you sleep walking.