In sleepwalking, the person is just awake enough to be active but is still asleep so unaware of the activities. Sometimes disorders like sleepwalking are called “disorders of arousal” since the person is in a mixed state of awareness which means they are not fully asleep or awake.

W8MD Weight Loss, Sleep and MedSpa Team

How does sleep walking present?

Sleepwalking disorders can range from sitting up in bed to complex behaviors such as driving a car. Sleepwalkers are unaware of their surroundings so can fall down or put themselves in danger. Despite the myths, it is not dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker. However the person will not typically have recall of the sleepwalking event and may be confused or disoriented.

What can I do for parasomnias?
Many people with parasomnias see an improvement by improving their sleep habits. Some sleep healthy sleep tips include:
 Ensure you are getting enough sleep
 Keep a regular schedule of going to bed and waking up
 Avoid alcohol or other sedatives at night that might make it hard for you to completely wake up
 Avoid caffeine or smoking
 Keep the bedroom quiet to avoid getting disturbed

Safety first
We need to make sure that persons suffering from parasomnias remain safe. Some tips for bedroom safety with a parasomnia include:
 Avoiding large objects that can fall by the bedside
 Make sure there are no objects on the floor that can be tripped over
 Close and lock bedroom doors and windows to ensure a person cannot go outside
 Consider an alarm or bell on the door
 Close shades over windows in case they are hit to protect a person from glass
 Remove potentially dangerous objects and weapons in the bedroom
 Avoid significant elevation. No bunk beds. Consider mattresses on the ground, and ground floor bedrooms.

How can W8MD’s Sleep Medicine program help?

Sleep medicine program uses state of the art technology including the convenient home sleep studies or in lab sleep diagnostic studies to diagnose and treat over 80 different sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, insomnia to name a few. Learn more…

Frequently asked questions regarding sleep talking

  • Why do I sleep talk?
  • Is sleepwalking genetic?
  • Can Sleepwalkers see you?
  • Can sleepwalking kill you?
  • Can a sleepwalker kill you?
  • Is sleep talking dangerous?
  • Can Sleepwalkers be violent?
  • Why does sleepwalking happen?
  • What can trigger sleepwalking?
  • How do you cure sleep talking?
  • Can you talk to a sleep talker?
  • How can you prevent sleepwalking?
  • Is sleepwalking caused by stress?
  • Is it normal to talk to yourself?
  • What is sleepwalking a symptom of?
  • Why do people laugh in their sleep?
  • What are the dangers of sleepwalking?
  • Why should you not wake up a sleepwalker?
  • Is Sleepwalking a sign of mental illness?
  • How do I stop my child from sleepwalking?

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