Sleepwalking | Symptoms

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What are the symptoms of sleepwalking?

A person who is sleepwalking may sit up in bed and repeat certain movements, such as rubbing his or her eyes or fumbling with clothes. The person may get out of bed and walk around. He or she may even perform routine actions, such as getting dressed, cooking, or driving a car. The person may look dazed, and his or her movements and speech may be clumsy. When you talk to the person, he or she usually will not answer you.

Depending on the person, sleepwalking may happen often (for example, every night or multiple times a night) or only occasionally.

Most people who sleepwalk begin sleepwalking as children, then outgrow it by the time they are teenagers.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 02/95

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