It’s a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while asleep. It generally happens in the first 3 hours of sleep.
80% of patients have a relative with this disorder, it also has other alterations to sleep like talking while sleeping. 30% of sleepwalkers talk during sleep compared to 5% of the general population.
15% to 30% of kids can have one incident of sleepwalking while 3% to 4% have it constantly. It starts at 5 years old and at 12 it hits its peak. Only 1% of kids will continue with this problem while adults.
You must watch over a patient with this problem. The patient can be at risk and be a risk for others as well.
These incidents last around 15 minutes and rarely an hour. Returning to bed and sleeping without remembering anything the next day. In rare occasions they only sit in bed without getting up and going back to sleep again.
If a relative suffers this disorder you must seek medical attention.
This tips will reduce sleepwalking incidents:
- Avoid stress
- Sleep without noise or the least possible
- Dont drink alcohol or take drugs
- Avoid injury by closing doors and windows
- If a sleepwalking incident happens, in a calm maner guide the patient back to bed