Sleepwalking is a well-known troupe in today’s media. It’s often used as a funny excuse. But people who suffer from it don’t always find it as funny as the media tries to portray it.
Sleepwalking can be as simple as sitting up in bed. Even just walking around the bedroom. It can be much more dangerous though. There have been recorded cases of sleepwalkers falling out of windows. Also walking into the street and performing other dangerous activities. Luckily, these instances don’t happen with any regularity.
It is most common in children between the ages of 4-8. Although it affects adults as well. Some studies show that up to a third of the American adult population have suffered. Often due to them sleepwalking at one point in time or another.
People are often told to never wake a sleepwalker. They usually fear sending them into shock, or causing a heart attack. In reality, doctors recommend not waking sleepwalkers. This is due to the safety of the person attempting to wake the sleepwalker.
Sleepwalkers are often disoriented when woken. They sometimes strike out at those nearby. Even after waking up a person, they remain in a dream state. Experts recommend simply leading the sleepwalker gently back to bed.
Some medications can be prescribed to help sleepwalker. This includes a low dose of benzodiazepines, such as clonazepam, and tricyclic antidepressants. Doctors also recommend locking doors and putting away dangerous objects. Sleepwalkers are often very hard to control when they wake.
Sleep apnea is also a major cause of sleepwalking. Any irregularity in your sleep can cause other issues in time. They are other sleep disorders that lead to sleepwalking too. That’s why we help you find the cause.
Setting up a regular sleep cycle can do a world of wonders. It helps those suffering from sleepwalking. Apnix Sleep Diagnostics has 8 available locations in the Greater Houston Area. We’re here to help with your sleepwalking problem.