Wednesday, November 17, 2010

What Causes Sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking happens most frequently in children aged 4-8 years and it appears to run in families. Doctors aren't sure exactly what causes someone to sleep walk but it may be related to fatigue or anxiety.

The episode of sleepwalking can last from less than a minute to 30 minutes. Usually the sleep walker goes back to sleep but may not return to their bed meaning that they wake up in a different place.

Sleepwalking usually decreases as a child gets older.

Source: National Institute of Health

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