Wednesday, 16 May 2012

How to prevent Sleepwalking?

Sometimes, we find some people who simply sit up or stand in bed or act like they are awake and do get up and move around for few seconds. When, in actual, they are asleep! This is what we called as sleep walking.

Sleepwalking is a disorder which is characterized by walking or doing other activities that are normally associated with wakefulness. While the sufferer is actually asleep or in a sleep like state.

Sleepwalking happens in the first few hours of sleep i.e. slow wave or deep sleep. Sleepwalkers are not conscious of what they are doing. They tend to go back to bed on their own and when they actually wake up, they don’t remember anything!

It has been estimated by the researchers that 15% of kids sleepwalk regularly. It may also happen when a person is seek, has a high fever, is not getting enough sleep or he/she is stressed.

It looks funny or even scary to see a sleepwalker in action. Occasional sleepwalking is nothing to worry about but if it occurs frequently like every night or so, then it’s better to see a doctor.

We should take precaution to avoid the sleepwalker from falling down, running into something or walking out of the house while sleepwalking.

There is no cure for sleepwalking. A doctor can talk with the sufferer and help him to find out ways to get more sound sleep. For kids, doctors may recommend a treatment called ‘scheduled awakening’.

In rare cases, a doctor may prescribe medication to help the sufferer sleep. We should not awaken a sleepwalker abruptly because he may get confused or scared. We should gently steer them back to bed.

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