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Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Strategies to Prevent Injury

Your doctor will help you prevent injury during sleepwalking by recommending that you:
  • Remove dangerous objects from your room
  • Keep doors and windows closed and locked


Your doctor will ask you to keep track of what time of night the sleepwalking tends to occur. You then schedule a wake up just before that time. This may help stop the sleepwalking.


Medications that may help reduce sleepwalking include:
  • Sedative-hypnotics
  • Antidepressants


American Academy of Family Physicians

National Sleep Foundation



About Kids Health

The Better Sleep Council Canada



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