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Sleepwalking

Does your loved one get up and walk around the house in the middle of the night – but doesn’t respond when you talk to him and doesn’t remember a thing in the morning? Sleepwalking could be the problem, and though it most often happens to children, it can also happen to adults during the deepest stages of sleep.

Are you worried about the sleepwalking behaviors of a loved one? Contact us today to find out how you can help them sleep through the night.

5 Myths About Sleep

  1. You must have eight hours of sleep to function well. Some people need eight hours, but some people need 10. Everyone is different and there’s no magical number of sleep hours that works for everyone.
  2. More sleep is always better. It’s possible to sleep too much and end up feeling more tired. Sometimes an increase in energy should come from the right foods and exercise if you’re already getting enough sleep.
  3. Some people can do great on three hours of sleep a night. Everyone needs a solid amount of sleep and just because you can function, it doesn’t mean that you’re doing well or getting a healthy amount of sleep.
  4. Prescription medication is the only way to treat insomnia. Depending upon the sleep disorder, there are a number of different treatments that can be effective. Medication should be a last resort.
  5. You can “catch up” on your sleep. If you have multiple nights without sleep, sleeping in or taking naps won’t necessarily help you feel better or less tired. Getting back on a schedule of regular sleep with a regular bedtime and wakeup time will help you to feel more rested.

*Signs Your Loved One Is Sleepwalking

  • Doesn’t respond when you talk to him or responds slowly
  • Open, glassy eyes
  • Quiet walking or frantic running
  • If your loved one goes back to bed without waking, he usually will not remember the event

Why Is My Loved One Sleepwalking?

There are a number of issues that can result in sleepwalking for someone you care about. Like many problems, there is rarely a single and direct cause; rather, a combination of issues can come together and result in sleepwalking. Some potential causes include:

  • Genetics. Sleepwalking can run in families. In fact, if the issue is a problem for one identical twin, the other twin will likely sleepwalk as well. Also, if an immediate family member sleepwalks, other family members are 10 times more likely to develop the issue, according to WebMD.
  • Environment. Things like being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, sleep deprivation, stress and others issues can contribute to the development of a sleepwalking problem.
  • Medical issues. Fever, seizures, arrhythmias, asthma, sleep apnea, reflux and psychiatric disorders can also contribute to a sleepwalking issue.

*Sleepwalking Is Not Caused by…

  • Fear of sleeping alone
  • Fear of sleeping in a room with others
  • Other sleep disorders
  • Fear of the dark
  • Pent-up anger