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Wednesday, 27 April 2011 10:59

Sleepwalking, video. Walking asleep. Causes, symptoms, treatment in Psychology we tell you more about this disorder of sleep .

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Sleepwalking occurs because the capacity of the brain to regulate sleep-wake cycles are immature. Sleepwalking is more common in children but adults can also occur in diseases such as epilepsy or high stress level.

Sleepwalking disorder belongs to the group of parasomnias. It occurs in slow wave sleep. Of all sleep disorders (such as night terrors or nocturnal enuresis) is sleepwalking may be at increased risk of accidents, injuries to the person who walks asleep, hence the need to diagnose and treat the problem.


  • Sleepwalking is initiated during slow wave sleep, during this phase, the body releases a chemical that relaxes muscles and tends to paralyze the body, however in people who suffer from sleepwalking this substance is not adequately segregated and that facilitates sleepwalking.
  • Often the child or older person does not remember anything about last night, and are the families of those who observed the behavior of going to sleep. Among the causes of sleepwalking are:

  • Heredity: Genetics is a major cause, if you have a history of sleepwalking is a ten times greater chance of suffering somnambulism in childhood and in adulthood.
  • Some diseases, diseases related studies with sleepwalking. Sleep apnea, gastroesophageal reflux, high fever, asthma or cardiac arrhythmia.
  • Psychiatric disorders. Sleepwalking can be a symptom of several psychiatric disorders
    • Multiple personality disorder
    • The Epilepsy
    • Panic attacks
    • Stress disorder
    • Disorder Anxiety
    • PTSD
  • Other causes: Drug and alcohol , chronic fatigue, continued stress, excessive sleepiness during the day, use of sedatives or antibiotics without prescription. sleepwalking


  • The clearest symptom is the movements while you are asleep. Some sleepwalkers walk sleeping or just sit in bed and move his legs. Ambulation (walking or moving) during sleep. Most often occurs in young children.
  • Sleepwalking episodes usually occur about two hours of sleeping and last about 30 minutes. The sleepwalker has open eyes and an expression as absent. Often very difficult to wake. The next morning the person does not remember anything that happened.
  • May be associated with other psychiatric or medical.
  • Difficulty waking the patient.
  • Ambulation is not due to another sleep disorder as a REM sleep behavior disorder or sleep terrors.
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety.



Environmental information to medical or adult child's behavior can help the doctor to make a diagnosis of sleepwalking. In more difficult cases may require consultation with a sleep specialist and a sleep test called polysomnography.


Go to the doctor to examine the case and if necessary take action against anxiety drug or therapy is recommended hypnosis and feedback.

It is recommended

If a person suffering from sleepwalking

  • Remove anything from the bedroom that could be dangerous (glass that could fall, heavy objects etc)
  • If there are two floors to sleep on the ground floor, to avoid any accident or fall down stairs.


  • Reviewing medication someone is taking to control if they cause side effects.
  • If a psychiatric evaluation is needed to guide a possible treatment.
  • The Benzodiazepine s have proven useful in the treatment of sleepwalking.

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