Sleepwalking

Common Name(s)

Sleepwalking, Somnambulism

Somnambulism, also known as sleepwalking, is a sleep disorder in which you get up and start walking while remaining asleep. While sleepwalking, you typically do not realize what you are doing, and after the episode will not remember it. Sleepwalking occurs in the deep stages of sleep and is sometimes accompanied by meaningless talking. Genetics, environmental stimuli, sleep deprivation, irregular sleep schedules, stress, and alcohol intoxication can all contribute to sleepwalking. Certain medical conditions can also cause sleepwalking. These include: some mental disorders, fever, abnormal heart rhythms, nighttime asthma or seizures, or obstructive sleep apnea. Sleepwalking can occur at any age, but is most common in children age 4-8. Sleepwalking usually does not require any treatment, but any underlying medical conditions that may be causing sleepwalking, which your doctor can test you for, should be treated. If your sleepwalking causes excessive tiredness during the day, or puts you at any risk of injury (for example if you are doing dangerous things while sleepwalking) your doctor may prescribe medication such as benzodiazepines or antidepressants.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Sleepwalking" returned 31 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Sleepwalking stem cells.
 

Author(s): Jeffrey A Magee

Journal: Blood. 2017 04;129(14):1887-1888.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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EEG Functional Connectivity Prior to Sleepwalking: Evidence of Interplay Between Sleep and Wakefulness.
 

Author(s): Marie-Ève Desjardins, Julie Carrier, Jean-Marc Lina, Maxime Fortin, Nadia Gosselin, Jacques Montplaisir, Antonio Zadra

Journal: Sleep. 2017 04;40(4):.

 

Although sleepwalking (somnambulism) affects up to 4% of adults, its pathophysiology remains poorly understood. Sleepwalking can be preceded by fluctuations in slow-wave sleep EEG signals, but the significance of these pre-episode changes remains unknown and methods based on EEG functional ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Somnambulism: Emergency Department Admissions Due to Sleepwalking-Related Trauma.
 

Author(s): Thomas C Sauter, Sajitha Veerakatty, Dominik G Haider, Thomas Geiser, Meret E Ricklin, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos

Journal: West J Emerg Med. 2016 Nov;17(6):709-712.

 

Somnambulism is a state of dissociated consciousness, in which the affected person is partially asleep and partially awake. There is pervasive public opinion that sleepwalkers are protected from hurting themselves. There have been few scientific reports of trauma associated with somnambulism ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Sleepwalking" returned 5 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Assessment and treatment of sleepwalking in clinical practice.
 

Author(s): Helen M Stallman

Journal: Aust Fam Physician. 2017 ;46(8):590-593.

 

Sleepwalking is a relatively common and innocuous arousal disorder during non‑rapid eye movement sleep.

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Prevalence of Sleepwalking: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
 

Author(s): Helen M Stallman, Mark Kohler

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Sleepwalking is thought to be a common arousal disorder; however, the epidemiology of this disorder has not yet been systematically examined. A systematic search of MEDLINE, CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO, PubMed, and ScienceDirect was conducted for 'sleepwalking' OR 'somnambulism' in any ...

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Zolpidem-induced sleepwalking, sleep related eating disorder, and sleep-driving: fluorine-18-flourodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography analysis, and a literature review of other unexpected clinical effects of zolpidem.
 

Author(s): Romy Hoque, Andrew L Chesson

Journal: J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Oct;5(5):471-6.

 

Zolpidem is a hypnotic which acts at the GABAA receptor and is indicated for short-term insomnia. Sleep related disorders including somnambulism, sleep related eating and sleep-driving have been reported with zolpidem. A 51-year-old insomniac who used zolpidem 10 mg nightly starting ...

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Pain Sensitivity in NREM Parasomnia (NOCISOMNIE)
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: NREM Parasomnia; Sleepwalking; Sleep Terror

 

Last Updated: 14 Sep 2016

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