Sleepwalking – Treatment

Sleepwalking is a condition that most commonly will be developed by children and teens. It would be a sign of lack of sleep, stress, suffering from emotional problems or fever. As these situations will resolve themselves in time or in some cases with some medical help, also the sleepwalking incidents will disappear.

In the majority of the cases, there is no need for treatment because such a condition will rarely show some important psychiatric or medical problems. Most kids get rid of the sleepwalking incidents as they turn into puberty but there are cases in which it can persist into adulthood and also there have been cases in which it has been developed into adulthood.

If a person will have a pattern of such a sleeping behavior, he or she must consult a specialist due to the implications that their actions may portray for example injuring himself or herself or in several cases becoming violent without any apparent reason.

In checking up a condition as sleepwalking there are no tests or exams that will specific then the complete medical evaluation in order to rule out other medical causes that may or not be linked to the symptoms. In addition it is recommended that a psychiatric evaluation should be taken in order to establish the amount of stress that the person is surpassing and if it is a cause of sleepwalking. Some sleep tests can be done on patients in whom the clear cause cannot be underlined. Night terrors, sleepwalking and confusional arousals are the most common non rapid eye movement sleep disorders that will tend to overlap in the majority of their symptoms.

Almost 15%-20% of adolescents can experience some of these conditions or in some cases all at the same time. A person that will suffer from a sleepwalking disorder can take a few self care home measures like trying to get an adequate amount of sleep, doing some relaxation exercises or meditation, trying to avoid any kind of auditory or visual stimuli prior to bedtime, lock the windows and the doors, sleep in a bedroom on the ground floor if possible and avoid bunk beds, rearrange the room in removing some obstacles from it, cover all glass windows with heavy drapes and place if needed an alarm bell on the windows or the bedroom door.

Medical treatment for sleepwalking is used in some cases in which the disorder will be linked with another one that the patient will be suffering form causing the sleepwalking to become a symptom of the underline disorder. If the possibility of injury will be real and any other measures that the person has taken have been proved to be inadequate then medical advice and treatment will be needed.

Some medications like benzodiazepines or estazolam have been proven to be effective if taken before bedtime. It will increase the neurogical activity and make the mind occupied during that window in which incidents may occur thus leaving the person so sleep perfectly sound. At the same time these drugs are quite powerful and can become addictive to the human body so a prolonged treatment is not recommended.

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