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Overcoming sleepwalking

Sleepwalking is a disorder that causes people to get up and walk around during sleep. This typically occurs during deep sleep. Sleepwalkers are unable to respond to others and do not remember their sleepwalking episodes. They may even talk or mumble during sleepwalking.

Sleepwalkers may walk around quietly or run around as if they are trying to escape. Their eyes are usually open in a glassy stare. They may look straight at you, but they don't see you. If you ask them questions, they may answer slowly or not at all. If the sleepwalker goes back to bed without awakening, they will not remember the episode.


Sleepwalking is a common cause of daytime sleepiness in children and young adults. It, along with bedwetting, creates frequent arousals from sleep. Sleepwalking can also create opportunities for physical injury, since children have a tendency to be clumsy when sleepwalking. They can injure themselves on stoves or by wandering into hazardous situations. Both sleepwalking and bedwetting occur most frequently in children between 4 and 8 years of age, and most children outgrow them. Parents should install safeguards such as locked doors and windows and gates across stairways. If the problem is severe or the child does not outgrow the symptoms, an evaluation should be considered and more involved treatment programs should be explored.


What causes sleepwalking?

There are several factors that may contribute to the development of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking tends to run in families, so there is a possible genetic connection. For example, it occurs more frequently in identical twins. It is also 10 times more likely to occur if an immediate relative has a history of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking may also be caused by environmental or medical conditions.


If you or your child has a sleepwalking problem, talk to Dr. Margaret Mike about it. She has exceptional credentials and over 20 years' experience in sleep medicine. She is triple board-certified and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. And she wants to help you or your child overcome sleepwalking and other sleep disorders.


Find solutions for sleepwalking, sleep eating disorder and sleep terror disorder and achieve better sleep every night. Call Margaret Mike, MD Sleep & Wake Center at 972–981-7436 and learn how today’s advanced care options could potentially save your life. For your convenience, you can also use our online form to schedule your appointment with sleep doctor Mike today! Our sleep disorders patients come to us from Bedford, Colleyville, Grapevine (Tarrant County), Frisco (Denton County) and Plano (Collin County) in DFW Metroplex,TX.