We all have heard about sleepwalkers and have even associated it with macabre behavior. The disorder isn't rare but is more common among children. It occurs during slow wave sleep stage, in a state of low consciousness, where the person performs activities they usually perform during a state of full consciousness. One hour or so after falling asleep is the most common time for its occurrence and can last for several minutes. If you wake up in your pajamas at night and find yourself out of bed, then you probably are a somnambulist. It could be quite disorienting to be one or to be living with one. But why does this disorder happen and what does it mean to people who suffer from it? Let's answer some of the most common questions asked about sleepwalking.
Despite its name, sleepwalking involves more than just walking in your sleep. The activities can be as simple as sitting down, walking to the bathroom or even doing household chores. These activities are benign and may cause little concern. However, some activities could be hazardous, not just to the walker but other people.
Talking, shouting, and sudden bolting from the bed and running away are also common among sleepwalkers. Some even begin their daily chores without being conscious that it is still night-time. Others can eat, drive, and do household chores. Unusual behaviors can include moving furniture, urinating in the wrong places, and cooking. Some activities can indeed be hazardous to both sleepwalkers and the people around them.
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