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Sleep Walking and Disorders associated with Sleep Walking.


Sleep Walking is a disorder that can happen during the middle stages of a person's sleep cycle, usually around the 3rd or 4th stage. What can happen during this is that a person can have non-rapid eye movement ( or N-RAM). During this stage, the body becomes active while the person is not conscious, and a person will start to move and become active while still unconscious. In these occurrences, it is actually normal for a person's eyes to be open, rather than close. One way to identify if the person is truly sleep walking is to see if their eyes have a "glassy" look to them. Some of the other symptoms of sleep walking include:
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Erratic sleep schedules
  • Fever
  • Stress
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • asthma
  • pregnancy
  • seizures

Other contributing factors that can be included to sleep walking may include continued uses of alcohol and drugs. Episodes that are associated with sleep walking can include:
  • Eating
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Moving furniture
  • other complex activities

This can happen for as short as a few seconds to a period of 30 minutes or even longer. There are no serious side effects to sleep walking, however, there can be injuries that can come from sleep walking. Treatment for sleep walking is available and even some small changes can make sleeping easier for someone who suffers from sleepwalking:
  • Get more sleep
  • meditation/relaxation exercises
  • avoid audio and visual stimuli

For people who suffer from sleep walking, some steps can be taken from avoiding injury:
  • create a safer sleeping environment.
  • sleep on the ground floor of the house/ apartment, and avoid bunk beds
  • lock doors and windows
  • remove obstacles and tripping hazards
  • set alarms on doors and windows

Sleep walking is treatable and and is not life threatening, but sleep walking can interfere with the sleep cycle of any normal person and is a problem that can become more problematic than hilarious.