Sleepwalking is a common arousal disorder that is especially prevalent among children. Sleepwalkers are aroused out of their deep sleep during motor activity, which usually includes, but is not limited to, walking.

Sleepwalking involves more than just walking during sleep. In extreme circumstances, a sleepwalker can leave the house and even drive long distances. A sleepwalker can go back to sleep some place other than bed, depending on how far he or she has walked. Sleepwalkers are usually unaware of their activity. It is a common misconception that a sleepwalker should not be awakened. In fact, it can be quite dangerous not to wake a sleepwalker.

Sometimes the sleepwalker may engage in activities such as dressing themselves, walking down stairs, and eating. Sleepwalking poses no serious health threat to those who experience it. However, they can injure themselves.

What causes sleepwalking?

The exact cause  is unknown, though most people have sleepwalked on at least one occasion. Sleepwalking poses no serious health threat to those who experience it, although the risk of injury, however minor, is a matter of concern. Injury prevention is the primary objective of treatment.

Sleepwalking is currently being reevaluated in a social and legal context to determine if a sleepwalker is responsible for actions committed while asleep. It is also called somnambulism. People who walk in their sleep are called somnambulists.

What causes sleepwalking in kids?

Children between the ages of 4 and 8 are much more likely to sleepwalk than adults. When children sleepwalk, it could be caused by sleep deprivation, Most children who sleepwalk typically to do so an hour or two after falling asleep. This behavior is typically harmless and most children grow out of it. It is best to talk to your child’s doctor about sleepwalking because it can be dangerous if left unaddressed.

Is sleepwalking normal?

Yes, it is is common in children and is often triggered by a disruption in the child’s regular sleep pattern or by a fever. Sleepwalking is usually harmless and is outgrown by early adolescence.