Sleepwalking is a type of sleep disorder. A person who is sleepwalking may walk around or do other complex behaviors while still technically asleep. It may be as simple as sitting up in bed or as complex as leaving the house and going for a drive.
It is not clear exactly what causes sleepwalking. Some people are more susceptible to sleepwalking. The sleepwalking may be triggered by:
- Sleep deprivation
- Illnesses with fever
- Certain medications (eg, antidepressants, tranquilizers, anticonvulsants, antihistamines)
- Medical illness (such as, migraine, asthma, arrhythmia, heartburn, sleep apnea)
- Having a psychiatric disorders (eg, panic attack, post-traumatic stress syndrome)
Last reviewedOctober 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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