FACTS ABOUT SLEEPWALKING

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How many times did you stop your loved one from sleep walking? But first, what is this sleep disorder? Sleepwalking (Somnambulism) causes people to get up and walk while sleeping. This happens during the deep stages of sleep. The person who is sleepwalking is frequently unable to respond during the event and also does not remember the incident later. It is usually seen in children, but in some cases, it can last into adulthood.

Stress and tiredness can cause sleepwalking as shown to recent studies. In people who are prone to sleepwalking, any kind of sleep disruption can trigger sleepwalking to occur. So better rest for a while before totally dozing off. After school or work, you can sit for a while and read or watch your favorite episode for you to be less likely sleep walking.
Certain medical conditions are linked to sleepwalking but scientists aren’t sure what provokes some people to sleepwalk. People who suffer fromĀ mental disorders such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are especially prone to sleepwalking and mostly, those people who are often alone whether at home or in everyday routine. People with sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and insomnia are at a higher risk for sleepwalking, occurrence of nightmares as well as people with alcohol abuse or dependence issues, or those who lack sleep because of such. The study also found that sleepwalking was not associated with gender and that nearly one-third of individuals who sleepwalked had a family history of the disorder so myths about gender related issues about sleep walking are not true.
However, people affected by a severe sleepwalking disorder can take the following precautions. The bedroom of the patient should be located on the ground to avoid accidents. The patient must stick to a sleep-wake cycle which help make the sleep routine to be stable. Medication too helps in reducing the incidents of sleepwalking. Consult a good doctor for a prescription and tips to avoid sleep walking.

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