Sleepwalking

  • Medical Author:
    John Mersch, MD, FAAP

    Dr. Mersch received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and prior to entering the University Of Southern California School Of Medicine, was a graduate student (attaining PhD candidate status) in Experimental Pathology at USC. He attended internship and residency at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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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.

REFERENCE:

National Institutes of Health.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/2/2016

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