What is somnambulism…???
Somnambulism or sleepwalking is a behavioral disorder that mostly occurs in deep sleep and results in walking or doing complex work while asleep.
- Inefficient sleep
- Certain medications
- Fever or illness
- Going to bed with a full bladder
- Anxiety and depressio
Signs and symptoms:
- Sleep talking
- Sit on their bed and perform repeated actions
- Do strange things
- Inappropriate behavior
- No memory of the event
There is no proper treatment for sleepwalking. These are some common steps that can be taken to avoid this problem.
- Improving sleep hygiene
- Reduce liquid intake near bedtime
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- The quiet environment during sleeping
Is it dangerous to wake a sleepwalker…???
Commonly it is said that it is not safe to wake a sleepwalker but that is not always true. It is essential to recognize that waking someone during a walk can be difficult as a sleepwalker can attack the one who is trying to awake them. It’s a common myth that waking up a sleepwalker may cause the heart attack, brain damage or other serious injuries.
How to deal with sleepwalker…???
- Help the sleepwalker to return safely to his/her bed without waking him up
- Gently turn him in the direction of bed
- Try not to touch the sleepwalker too much
- If returning back to bed doesn’t work, then use loud noises from a safe distance to wake him/her up
- After waking up that person will be confused and afraid, try to explain to him/her what actually happen.
Recommendations to keep a sleepwalker safe:
- Keep windows and doors lock
- Keep dangerous and sharp objects out of reach
- Keep their bedroom clean, quiet and dark
- Place an alarm or bell on bedroom door
- Sleep on a ground floor bedroom to avoid falling