Medically termed as somnambulism, sleepwalking is a sleep disorder where a sleeper gets up and starts walking while in their sleep. Though the pop culture has used this disorder for comic relief or in its murder mysteries and thrillers, it is a condition that should not be taken lightly.
Causes of sleepwalking
The possible sleepwalking causes include sleep deprivation, abnormal sleep schedules, poor sleep habits, stress and anxiety, sleeping pills are taken to relax your mind, stimulants as well as medications for certain allergies. Sleepwalking is hereditary. If anyone in your immediate family sleepwalks, then you are 10 times more likely to develop this sleep disorder.
Sleepwalking is further linked to cardiovascular diseases, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, panic attacks, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Symptoms of sleepwalking
According to Sleep Foundation, apart from walking in your sleep, the other symptoms of sleepwalking include talking during sleep, screaming due to sleep terrors, loss of memory of the sleepwalking episode, and inappropriate behavior, such as becoming violent during sleep (more common in adults) or urinating in closets (more common in children). Also, sleep experts suggest that it can be very difficult for a sleepwalker to be woken up.
How to stop sleepwalking?
While sleepwalking can be prevented by improving your sleep environment, that is turning it more comfortable, to cure sleepwalking however, you will have to visit a doctor or a sleep specialist. There are different treatments for sleepwalking in adults, the most one being hypnosis. Hence it is necessary you visit an accredited practitioner who you can absolutely trust.
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