The idea of walking while you sleep sounds bizarre, but sleepwalking is actually a norm and is frequent in children. The fear of not knowing what you are doing is something no one looks forward to. Here are some things you need to know and how you can prevent it.

 

When does sleepwalking occur?

Sleepwalking occurs during the deep stages of sleep. ‘Walking’ is not what all the person may do. The person may do a variety of tasks. Others may find themselves performing duties as if they were awake such as chores, or might just be sitting on their bed looking out the window. People may find themselves not remembering their sleepwalking event and can often feel embarrassed for not remembering anything because they are so deep into their sleep, this can become very dangerous if no precautions are being taking care of.

 

What are the causes?

  • Sleep deprivation

  • Alcohol and drug consumption

  • Inconsistent sleep schedule

  • Stress

  • Fatigue

  • Anxiety

 

How can you prevent it? Although there isn’t necessarily a cure, here are some ways you may make sleepwalking preventable.

  • Get more sleep – If you find yourself sleepwalking and notice that you do not sleep regularly, fix your sleeping schedule or other stressors to minimize the chances.
  • Make your environment safe to sleepwalk in. If you still find yourself or your loved one sleepwalking, make sure everything is locked and nothing hazardous is in the hallway or stairs. Put away anything sharp and hide car keys.
  • Create a schedule, if you find that your schedule has been all over the place, try settling with a schedule that will help you ease into bed.
  • Set multiple alarms
  • If you happen to see someone during an episode, try not to shake them and simply just guide them back to their bed. It is better for them to be in a safe environment.  

 

As mentioned before, there is no exact cure for sleepwalking. But consider these precautions if you sleepwalk or know someone who sleepwalks!

 

Sources:

https://sleepfoundation.org/sleep-disorders-problems/abnormal-sleep-behaviors/sleepwalking

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/sleepwalking-causes

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleepwalking/basics/lifestyle-home-remedies/con-20031795