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by McCoy K
 

Treatment

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

Awakening

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

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

RESOURCES

American Academy of Family Physicians
http://www.familydoctor.org

National Sleep Foundation
http://www.sleepfoundation.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

About Kids Health
http://www.aboutkidshealth.ca

The Better Sleep Council Canada
http://bettersleep.org

 

References


Guilleminault C, Kirisoglu C, et al. Adult chronic sleepwalking and its treatment based on polysomnography. Brain. 2005; 128:1062-1069.


Guilleminault C, Palombini L, et al. Sleepwalking and sleep terrors in prepubertal children: what triggers them?. Pediatrics. 2003;111:17-25.


Hafeez ZH, Kalinowski CM. Somnambulism induced by quetiapine: two case reports and a review of the literature. CNS Spectrums. 2007;12:910-912.


Pressman MR. Factors that predispose, prime and precipitate NREM parasomnias in adults: clinical and forensic implications. Sleep Med Rev. 2007:11:5-30


Sleepwalking. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated January 1, 2011. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Sleepwalking. American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/sleepwalking.html . Updated November 2010. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Sleepwalking. National Sleep Foundation website. Available at: http://familydoctor.org/familydoctor/en/diseases-conditions/sleepwalking.html Accessed June 4, 2013.

 

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