Take Sleepwalking Seriously
Sleepwalking is also known as somnambulism, and it happens when a person gets out of bed and walks around while in a state of sleep. While sleepwalking commonly affects children and teens, there are times when adults don’t grow out of it and continue to occasionally walk, talk, or perform other activities in their sleep. If this happens again and again, it may suggest an underlying sleep disorder.
If you are concerned about your or a loved one’s repetitive sleepwalking, contact us.
We can help you find the cause of this behavior and give you tips for healthier sleep.
The Symptoms and Causes of Sleepwalking
It’s important to note that occasional bouts of sleepwalking are generally harmless. They often resolve on their own. A loved one who is sleepwalking may do the following:
Get out of bed and wander around
Sit up in bed
Have a glazed or glassy-eyed expression
Not respond to questions or redirections
Act disoriented or confused, or display unusual behavior
Attempt to do everyday activities, like getting dressed or eating
Be difficult to wake
Have no memory of the episode when waking
Have night terrors in addition to sleepwalking
Have trouble staying awake the next day
If you notice that sleepwalking episodes are occurring more frequently or several times a night, it may be time to seek help. You may also want to reach out to a professional if your loved one is at risk from injury or dangerous behavior due to sleepwalking.
While causes for sleepwalking can be elusive, there are several factors that can contribute to this disorder, including:
Prolonged lack of healthy sleep
Sickness or fever
Sleep disruptions or obstructive sleep apnea
The use of certain medications
Age and genetics
Treatment for sleepwalking involves looking at underlying conditions, adjusting medication, and reducing stress. To determine the exact cause of your or a loved one’s sleep problems, it is necessary to perform a complete sleep study.
We are Dedicated to Finding Solutions for Our Patients
Identifying and treating a sleep disorder requires close attention to health and lifestyle information, as well as individual patient evaluations. CSI is one of the few independent medical clinics in the country that address sleep conditions in all of their complexities.
At Clayton Sleep, we have developed a proprietary process for diagnosing sleep apnea, sleep paralysis, and other sleep disorders and tailoring treatment for each individual client. We lead the way in sleep research and comprehensive care.
Our Sleep Studies Can Give You the Diagnosis You Need for Better Sleep
Our process is comprehensive and gives you a clear diagnosis and treatment plan to restore healthy sleep.
Get Help for Your Sleep Disorder with a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
There is hope. Sleep disorders are treatable. If you believe your or a loved one’s bouts of sleepwalking are abnormal, don’t wait. Respecting what your mind and body are telling you, acknowledging the serious nature of this disorder, and asking for help are the first steps toward better sleep and better health.
Talk to your doctor about the CSI Insomnia Center