Sleepwalking (cont.)

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What are associated factors to consider?

Sleepwalking seems to be associated with inherited (genetic), environmental, physiologic, and medical factors.

Genetic factors

Sleepwalking occurs more frequently in identical twins, and is 10 times more likely to occur if a first-degree relative has a history of sleepwalking.

Environmental factors

Sleep deprivation, chaotic sleep schedules, fever, stress, magnesium deficiency, and alcohol intoxication can trigger sleepwalking. Drugs, for example, sedative/hypnotics (drugs that promote sleep), neuroleptics (drugs used to treat psychosis), minor tranquilizers (drugs that produce a calming effect), stimulants (drugs that increase activity), and antihistamines (drugs used to treat symptoms of allergies) can cause sleepwalking.

Physiologic factors

Physiologic factors that may contribute to sleepwalking include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015

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