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- What is sleepwalking?
- What causes sleepwalking?
- What are associated factors to consider?
- What are symptoms of sleepwalking?
- What are the signs and tests for sleepwalking?
- What other conditions will my doctor consider before diagnosing sleepwalking?
- How do you stop sleepwalking? What is the treatment for sleepwalking?
- What is the prognosis of sleepwalking?
- What are the complications of sleepwalking?
- When should you call your health care professional about sleepwalking?
- How can you prevent sleepwalking?
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What is the prognosis of sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking may or may not reduce with age, as described above. It usually does not indicate a serious disorder, although it can be a symptom of other disorders.
What are the complications of sleepwalking?
A common complication is injury sustained during sleepwalking activities.
When should you call your health care professional about sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking usually does not require a visit to your healthcare professional. However, the condition should be discussed with your healthcare professional if sleepwalking:
- is accompanied by other symptoms,
- is frequent or persistent, or
- includes potentially dangerous activities (such as driving).
- If you have any history of strange activity or sleepwalking while taking medications for insomnia like zolpidem (Ambien), you should also speak to your physician.
How can you prevent sleepwalking?
- Avoid the use of alcohol or central nervous system depressants if prone to sleepwalking.
- Avoid fatigue or insomnia, because this can instigate an episode of sleepwalking.
- Avoid or minimize stress, anxiety, and conflict, which can worsen the condition.
National Institutes of Health.