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What're the symptoms of sleepwalking?

One of the key signs is walking or moving about during sleep. Sleepwalkers engage in their activities with their eyes open so they can navigate their surroundings, not with their eyes closed and their arms outstretched as parodied in cartoons and Hollywood productions. The victims eyes may have a glazed or empty appearance and if questioned, the subject will be slow to answer or unresponsive. Difficulty in arousing the patient during a sleepwalking episode with amnesia following waking. Sleepwalking typically occures in the first third of a sleep episode. Sleeptalking may also take place during a sleepwalking episode. Although, sleeptalking during sleepwalking will most likely result in incomprehensible muttering. The range of sleepwalking actions can range from a simple act of sitting up in bed, to getting up running around and screaming. Sleepwalking episodes usually occur one to two hours after going to sleep and last from one to 30 minutes. A sleepwalker has open eyes and a blank expression, and is usually difficult, if not impossible, to awaken. The next morning, he or she won't remember the episode.

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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