Sleepwalking is a behavior where a person walks or performs other complex behavior during deep sleep. It is much more common with children than with adults and with people who are sleep deprived. The person usually remains in a deep sleep during the process, so that they don't remember the incident when she wakes up. Sleepwalking is generally considered harmless to our overall health, but it could be dangerous in some cases. Let’s see what causes it and how to solve it.
Some of the symptoms of sleepwalking are:
*** sitting in bed and repeating specific movements such as rubbing eyes
*** sleep talking
*** little or no memory of the event
*** difficulty arousing a sleepwalker during an episode
*** inappropriate behavior (urinating in the closet, for example)
*** violent attacks on the person who’s trying to wake a sleepwalker.
Sleepwalking can be dangerous not only for the sleepwalker but also for other people. The patient might:
** Leave the house
** Drive a car
** Get injured by falling out of a window or down the stairs.
Many factors can lead to sleepwalking, some of which are:
* Sleep deprivation
* stress, anxiety
* sleep schedule disruption, sleep, or interruptions
* noisy surroundings.
* taking particular medication
*sleep disorder breathing
* gastroesophageal reflux disease
* heart rhythm problems.
Tips to Prevent Sleepwalking
There is no known way to absolutely prevent sleepwalking; however, certain steps can be taken to minimize one's risk. These include:
* Get adequate sleep
* Limit stress. Meditate or do relaxation exercises.
* Avoid any kind of stimulation
* Keep a safe sleeping environment, free of harmful or sharp objects.
* Sleep in a bedroom on the ground floor, if possible.
* Lock the doors and windows.
* Cover glass windows with heavy drapes.
* Place an alarm or bell on the bedroom door.
Medical Treatment for Sleepwalking
If sleepwalking is caused by underlying medical conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux, obstructive sleep apnea seizures periodic leg movements, such episodes should stop once the underlying medical condition is treated.
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