In an informal conversation, you might bring the term "sleepwalking" up as a casual way of talking about a lack of focus or energy. But, for numerous adults and children, sleepwalking is a real problem with significant consequences. As a sleep professional, it is crucial you educate patients with parasomnias, like sleepwalking, as these sleep disorders can have physically destructive and lasting effects. What Is Sleep Walking (Somnambulism)? Sleepwalking (somnambulism), is a type of behavior disorder originating while you're in a deep sleep. It falls in the class of parasomnias. It leads to walking around or performing other behaviors while you're still mostly sleeping. It's more common in kids than it is in adults. There are more chances of it occurring in people:
This blog is based off of the AAST 2019 Annual Meeting Session "Parasomnias." For more information on this session and other session recordings click here. From nightmares to sleepwalking to REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), parasomnias can occur in many forms without the patient even knowing they are experiencing an event. For sleep professionals, it is imperative they can educate patients with parasomnias as these sleep disorders can have lasting and physically damaging effects.
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