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Sleep Walking: Why, When, How?

SLEEP WALKINGWe are all familiar with Sleep Walking and may know someone who experiences it. It is a sleep disorder where the person unconsciously does things that are normally done awake all while sleeping. While sleep walking does not have any proven health risk, it still poses danger to the person and the people around him/her due to the fact that he/she is not aware of what he/she is doing.

What Causes Sleep Walking?

Several factors may cause sleep walking. It may be because of a high fever, like when you get hallucinations and have terrible dreams? Some may find themselves actually standing up and walking while having those dreams. Another is drug and medication. Drugs may also cause hallucinations that would cause you to do things unconsciously. Next is stress and fatigue. With too much going on in our mind, we sometimes tend to take them even in our dreams, and actually act them out. Then we have Anxiety and depression. This doesn’t happen very often, but some people battling with anxiety tend to experience sleep walking. Just like stress, anxiety triggers our brain to keep doing what it does even when we are asleep.

How to Treat Sleep Walking?

Sleep Walking does not pose any health risk to a person. For people experiencing stress, or even anxiety, it will also diminish once anxiety fades. One common misconception about sleep walking is that you shouldn’t wake them up. There is no health risk in waking up a person while sleep walking, but they may feel disoriented, shocked, or even embarrassed if you do so. Waking them up depends on the people around and the environment. The risks lies in the accidents that may happen if the person keep on walking while sleeping. There were reported cases wherein the sleep walker grabs some pointed objects or dangerous things. When there’s possibility of it happening, it is better to wake up the person than risk safety. Safety measures that can be done are rearranging the house in such a way that unsafe objects out of reach, stairs are secured, or doors are locked when the person is sleeping. In some instances, some mild tranquilizers can be of help. Avoid drinking alcohol, or even coffee. The person needs to be as relaxed as possible. Develop a regular sleeping pattern, and sleep early. It is also best to have someone around that could look after the person. Like any other disorder, it is best to develop a good healthy lifestyle. That includes having a balanced diet, regular exercise and meditation. Above all, it is still best to go and see a doctor. They know exactly what to do and what’s good for you. There are several treatments for sleep disorders that you can choose from.


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