10 Things You Should Know if Your Child Starts Sleepwalking


A person is in a low consciousness but shows activities of a full consciousness. Sleepwalking episodes start an hour or two after falling asleep and usually last from 5 to 15 minutes. This phenomenon is quite common among children and adults.

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1. Around 8-15% of children sleepwalk

  1. Children at the age of 4-12 years are more likely to become sleepwalkers, and in most cases, they grow out of it in teen years. Both boys and girls sleepwalk.
  2. 2. Sleepwalking is not only about wandering around.
  3. Some people may mistakenly consider that sleepwalking is just walking during a sleep. However, sleepwalking behaviors range from sitting up to performing repetitive actions, for example.
  4. 3. Not so dangerous as it may seem
  5. If your child is a sleepwalker it is not so serious as it may seem at the first glance. This behavior is harmless if you know all the causes, symptoms and treatments of it and you can easily protect your kids from the consequences of this disorder.
  6. 4. The causes of sleepwalking
  7. It is important to know what are the causes of this disease. Hence, the most common causes of sleepwalking are the lack of sleeping, irregular sleep, some medications, genetic factors (one parent is or was a sleepwalker), anxiety, epilepsy, congenital pathologies, stresses, weak nervous system, head injuries and many others. To find out the exact cause, you should seek medical advice.
  8. 5. The symptoms of sleepwalking are:
  1. 6. Why we shouldn`t  wake up a sleepwalker
  2. The sleepwalkers are potentially very aggressive, so it is not strange that the doctors say not to wake them up but put them back in a bed – it is the safest place.
  3. 7. The time your child starts sleepwalking can tell a lot
  4. Classic sleepwalking always happens within the first third of the night, at this time a person is in non-REM(often dreamless) sleep.
  5. 8. You can prevent sleepwalking
  6. There are many things you can do to prevent sleepwalking or at least to reduce its frequency.
  1. 9. The sleepwalkers very often don`t remember what is going on with them
  2. If your children have no memory of what is going on with them during a sleep, it is better not to tell them about this in order not to make them become afraid of their state.
  3. 10. Treatments
  4. Mostly, sleepwalking doesn`t require treatment and children simply grow it out. To keep your child safe you can do the following:

Article last time updated on 29.03.2018.

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