The cause of sleepwalking
in children is usually unknown. Fatigue, lack of sleep, and anxiety are all associated with sleepwalking. In adults, sleepwalking may occur with alcohol, sedatives, or other medication. Also Medical conditions, such as partial complex seizures and mental disorders have been linked with sleepwalking as well. In those people over the age of 65, sleepwalking may be a symptom of an organic brain syndrome or REM behavior disorders. Sleepwalking can occur in all ages
, but it happens most often in children ages 5–12. Sleepwalking seems to run in families. Some people have reportedly linked food they eat before bed
to their sleepwalking.
People, who sleepwalk, may look as though they are awake when they are really asleep. They might get up and walk around, or do complex activities such as moving furniture, going to the bathroom, and dressing or undressing. If h as been reported that people have even driven a car while they were sleepwalking. Sleepwalking can last only a few seconds or last for as long as 30 minutes or longer. Most of the time if not woken up the sleepwalker will just go back to sleep when they are done. Other symptoms of sleepwalking
are; having a blank look on your face, opening eyes during sleep, performing activities while asleep, appearing awake during sleep, walking during sleep, and even talking while sleeping.
Some people believe that a sleepwalker should not be awakened. It’s not dangerous to awaken a sleepwalker, although it is common for the person to be confused or disoriented for a short time when they wake up. Another misconception is that a person can’t be injured while sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers
are injured a lot when they trip and lose their balance. Most people don’t need any specific treatment for sleepwalking. In some cases, short-acting tranquilizers have been helpful in reducing sleepwalking episodes.