Why do people sleepwalk?

May 5, 2015

Sleepwalking, formally known as somnambulism, is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking.

Sleepwalking usually involves more than just walking. A person may simply sit up in bed and look around, walk around the room or house, leave the house or even drive long distances.

The onset or persistence of sleepwalking in adulthood is common, and is usually not as result of any health issues. Common triggers for sleepwalking include sleep deprivation, sedatives such as sleeping tablets, and certain medications.

The prevalence of sleepwalking is much higher for children, especially those between the ages of three and seven. it is also higher amongst children who experience bedwetting and nightmares.


In addition to walking during deep sleep, other symptoms of sleepwalking include:

  • Sleeptalking
  • Little or no memory of the event
  • Difficulty waking the sleepwalker
  • Inappropriate behaviour
  • Screaming (when sleepwalking occurs alongside nightmares)


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