Sleepwalking

Definition

Sleepwalking is a type of sleep disorder. A person who is sleepwalking may walk around or do other complex behaviors while still asleep. It may be as simple as sitting up in bed or as complex as leaving the house and going for a drive.

Causes

It is not clear exactly what causes sleepwalking. Some people are more likely to sleepwalk. The sleepwalking may be triggered by:

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your risk of sleepwalking include:
  • Family history of sleepwalking
  • Being a child—most common in preschool to pre-adolescence
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Symptoms

Along with walking during sleep, other symptoms can include:
  • Sitting up in bed and repeating certain movements such as rubbing eyes or fumbling with clothes
  • Talking in your sleep
  • Difficulty arousing during a sleepwalking episode
  • Doing inappropriate behavior during a sleepwalking episode such as urinating in closets
  • Becoming violent when a person tries to wake you
  • Not remembering the event

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