Sleep Disorders

12 September 2012

What happens during sleepwalking

One in four people is a sleepwalker. Take a look at this video of a mother who was caught on video by her son while she was sleepwalking.


One in four people is a sleepwalker. Whereas the cause of sleepwalking in children is usually unknown, possible causes of sleepwalking in adults are alcohol, sedatives and mental disorders.

What happens when you sleepwalk?

Sleepwalking (somnambulism) happens during the deep sleep phase. Sleepwalkers get out of bed and perform usual daily tasks. It’s difficult to wake them at the time and they can't remember what happened after the event. Sleepwalkers can injure themselves or others.

Take a look at this video of a mother who was caught on video by her son while she was sleepwalking.


(Health24, September 2012) 

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Dr Alison Bentley is a general practitioner who has consulted in sleep medicine and sleep disorders, in both adults and children of all ages, for almost 30 years. She also researches and publishes on a number of sleep-related topics both in formal research journals and lay publications including as editor of Sleep Matters, an educational newsletter on sleep disorders for doctors.

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