Sleepwalking (cont.)

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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 I 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.

Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine


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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2015

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