Sleepwalking also known as sleepwalking is a sleep disorder that is classified in the family of parasomnia…. Sleepwalkers perform activities that they would normally do while walking while asleep (eg, showering, making food, walking the dog, etc ...) The effects of sleepwalking are approximately 10% of the general population…. Sometimes many people who experience sleepwalking whisper or speak with their eyes wide open…. There are eyes that are described as "bright" and somewhat scary because they look right through you…. Sleepwalking is more common during adolescence and puberty…. Up to 20% of children will experience sleepwalking.

Why do people sleepwalk?

There is a whole list of factors that explain why some people sleepwalk…. Sleepwalking when some areas of your brain are sound asleep and other parts are active…. The parts of your brain that are active when you sleepwalk control the way you walk and talk…. Sleepwalking generally occurs in NREM (Non Rapid Eye Movement), that is, when your brain waves are not as busy and slowed down…. Sleepwalking is highly dependent on your environmental, genetic, medical, and physiological factors.

Genetic factors:

If your mom or dad experience sleepwalking, it's a higher chance that the gene has passed to you… Also identical twins are 10 times more likely to sleepwalker if a first-degree relative also has the same problem.

Environmental factors:

Depending on the environmental situations of some sleepwalkers, they are made to walk in their sleep. Below are some examples of environmental conditions that cause sleepwalking at night.

  • High amounts of stress
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Taking certain types of medications such as sedatives, antihistamines, and stimulants can increase the chances of sleepwalking.

Medical conditions:

Serious medical conditions are known to increase the chance of sleepwalking at night. Below are some of the reasons why you might be sleepwalking due to medical factors.

  • High fever
  • People who experience nocturnal seizures (fits)
  • Magnesium deficiency

Psychological factors:

If you suffer from some psychological conditions you are at higher risk of…. sleepwalking during the middle of the night…. If you are a sleepwalker and have medical or psychological problems please contact your doctor.

  • Psychiatric disorders such as ... PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Anxiety or ... panic attacks,
  • Multiple personality disorder
  • Heredity can run in your family.
  • Pregnant women and during menstruation
  • Increased depth of slow wave sleep

What do sleepwalkers do when they sleep?

Sleepwalking can be very scary but interesting at the same time. People are known to drive to work and have conversations with people who walk in life and are not fully aware of it. There have been some cases where people have reported the murder of someone who was sleeping there. Take a look below at some of the fascinating things that I'm sure you didn't know sleepwalkers do when they're asleep:

  • Take baths and showers
  • Brushing your teeth using gel
  • Call people on the phone
  • Make food or sandwiches for work
  • Moving things around the house, for example, movable tables, tables, etc.
  • Walk and feed your pets
  • Driving by car or motorcycle
  • Dressing for the day
  • Attacking people inside or outside the house
  • Walking around the neighborhood
  • Lawn watering
  • Entering other people's houses

How do you know if someone is sleepwalking?

  • Strange movements. You can get up and look out the window
  • They will get up and calmly walk around the room or house, perhaps talking or mumbling.
  • May appear clumsy and clumsy around objects
  • Eyes wide open with a glassy stare towards them.
  • Most people do not know when one is sleepwalking.
  • Adolescence can come out of sleepwalking faster than adults.
  • ..they repeated behaviors over and over again.
  • Throwing a tantrum, throwing objects.

Ways to stop sleepwalking:

  • Get a full 8 hours of sleep each night without interruptions.
  • Meditate or take yoga before going to bed to relax your mind.
  • Stay away from caffeine or alcohol for now.
  • For safety, hide all sharp objects and close all windows in your room.

When do you seek medical help for sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking for the most part is a harmless and natural part of life…. People who experience sleepwalking tend to lack sleep or are subjected to great amounts of stress…. Once the stress levels drop, you will notice that it goes away. Any harm to others or to yourself you might want to contact a sleep consultant.