Sleepwalking Disorder


Sleepwalking disorder (somnambulism) refers to engaging in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness (such as eating or dressing), which may include walking, without the conscious knowledge of the doing, or having done so. The majority of Sleepwalking is undertaken by people when they are in deep non-REM sleep phases.

Symptoms of Sleepwalking

Some of the symptoms of Sleepwalking are:

  • Sleepwalking occurs 1 - 2 hours after going to sleep
  • Sleepwalking can last from 1 - 30 minutes
  • Open eyes and a blank expression
  • Difficult to wake the sleepwalker
  • Sleep walker has no memory of the episode
  • Acting confused or disoriented when they wake up

Causes of Sleepwalking

Some of the causes of Sleepwalking are:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of sleep
  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Mental disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Reactions to drugs and alcohol

Related Pages

* Dream Disorders Overview

* What are Night Terrors?

* What is Sleep Paralysis?

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