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Old 05-28-2019, 12:27 AM
 
Location: Washington
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What are the symptoms of sleep walking and how we can handle this
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Old 05-28-2019, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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What are the symptoms of sleep walking and how we can handle this
I've never dealt with this one but I've read/heard some sleep drugs can bring this on.
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Surfside Beach, SC
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What are the symptoms of sleep walking and how we can handle this
Read up about REM sleep behavior disorder. The person who has symptoms of this should be seen by a sleep doctor for an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Here's a link to get you started:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20352920



(Editing this because I just now looked at your profile and it says that you are an internal medicine physician. Is that true, and if so, how can you not already know the answer to your question? )

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Old 06-03-2019, 09:17 PM
 
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I have a sibling that was a sleep walker as a child and probably still does it to this day. I read once that people who sleep walk have something in their brain that doesn't shut off normally. She would leave the house in the night and locks out of reach had to be put on the doors for safety. I would talk to her when I would encounter her sleep walking and say, "Why don't you go back to bed?" or "Go back to bed" or "Go back to your room and go to sleep." Remarkably, this always seemed to work. She could carry on a conversation asleep and have no memory of it whatsoever. She would walk all around the house and would sometimes be standing in the dark looking out a window. Perfectly normal otherwise and highly productive and successful in life.
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Old 06-03-2019, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Austin
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I would sleep walk occasionally as an elementary school child, but have never done this as an adult.
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Old 06-04-2019, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I would sleep walk occasionally as an elementary school child, but have never done this as an adult.
I remember my brother sleepwalking as a child.

As an adult, a friend of mine used to wake up with things like a bowl of melted ice cream and spoon in her bed with no recollection of having gotten up to get it.

I sent her an article I'd found on people who do this--get up in the night and eat with no memory of it. One was a mother who accused her family of eating leftovers she planned to use for another dinner. One of her kids said, "Oh c'mon, Mom, you always get up in the night and eat--you probably ate it yourself." She didn't know what her daughter was talking about, so her family put a camera in the kitchen. She was shocked to see herself on video opening the fridge and pulling out a bowl of spaghetti and stuffing handfuls of it in her mouth at 2 a.m.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:02 PM
 
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When I was a kid, I would sleep walk once in awhile. I remember once, being at my grandmas, and I went into where my parents were and (according to them) stood there in the door, holding a pillow, turning it from corner to corner over and over, but not saying a word. My mom said it was creepy. She asked me what was wrong (this I remember. I think her words broke the dream state or something) I told her I was trying to unfold my sheet. She told me to go back to bed...and I did.


I do TALK in my sleep fairly often, and I AM 'active' relatively often, in my sleep. Once, I round-house kicked my husband in bed because I thought I was fighting ninjas.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:17 PM
 
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What are the symptoms of sleep walking and how we can handle this
Symptoms?

Unsure that is the right terminology. It's not like the person has a fever or stomach pains. Those are symptoms...

What behavior is noticed during REM interruption is anything from twitching,to verbal sounds,to ambulation. The cognitive brain is minimally active . Think of it as mildly hallucinating (dream receptive), while being mildly aware of surroundings.

My sister suffered from this from childhood til present day. As comical as it was as kids...it became alarming when we found her boiling water on the stove and leaving the pot burn up. Or the time she started the car up and left it running...
Eventually we put alarms on doors . She currently has a congenital heart disease that impedes her movement. So while she tries to sleep talk and walk...her aparatus's snap her back reality.
I'd be curious if any research was done to confirm certain underlying health conditions were the cause....such as heart...or mental anxiety/ails.
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Old 06-06-2019, 11:34 AM
 
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I think sleepwalking is fairly common in children but when an adult frequently does it, there's usually an underlying sleep disorder. I used to be a sleepwalker and worse (for me) a sleep eater. My wife would wake up to find me in the kitchen demolishing a whole pan of brownies or an entire half gallon of ice cream and steer me back to bed.

Turns out I had Obstructive Sleep Apnea.....bad. Once I got a CPAP machine and got used to it, the sleepwalking and eating stopped.
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