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What's the treatment for sleepwalking?

Usually no specific treatment for sleep walking is needed. If sleepwalking is caused by underlying medical conditions, for example, gastroesophageal reflux, obstructive sleep apnea, periodic leg movements (restless leg syndrome), or seizures, the underlying medical condition should be treated.

Safety measures may be necessary to prevent injury. This may include modifying the environment by moving objects such as electrical cords or furniture to reduce tripping and falling. Stairways may need to be blocked off with a gate. In some cases, short-acting tranquilizers have been helpful in reducing the incidence of sleep walking.


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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