Usually, no further examination and testing is necessary. A person's history usually provides enough information for a doctor to diagnose sleepwalking, especially in children. More difficult cases may require a consultation with a sleep specialist and an overnight sleep test called polysomnography. If sleep walking is frequent or persistent, examination to rule out other disorders (such as partial complex seizures) may be appropriate. It may also be appropriate to undergo a psychologic evaluation to determine causes such as excessive anxiety or stress, or medical evaluation to rule out other causes.
More information on sleepwalking
What is sleepwalking? - Sleepwalking or somnambulism is a sleep disorder where the sufferer engages in activities that are normally associated with wakefulness while asleep. What causes sleepwalking? - In children, the cause is usually unknown but may be related to fatigue, prior sleep loss, or anxiety. In adults, sleep walking is usually associated with a disorder of the mind. What're the symptoms of sleepwalking? - One of the key symptoms of sleepwalking is walking or moving about during sleep. A sleepwalker has open eyes and a blank expression. How is sleepwalking diagnosed? - A person's history usually provides enough information for a doctor to diagnose sleepwalking, especially in children. What's the treatment for sleepwalking? - No specific treatment for sleep walking is needed. Safety measures may be necessary to prevent injury.
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