Sleepwalking | Treatment

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Does my family member need treatment for sleepwalking?

Probably not. But talk to a doctor if your family member does dangerous things while sleepwalking, or if sleepwalking causes other problems (such as sleepiness during the day). Also, most children outgrow sleepwalking. But if your child sleepwalks for a long time, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may want to look at the problem more closely.

Some medicines can be used to treat sleepwalking. Your doctor may recommend you keep a "sleep diary" for your family member to record the times when your family member sleepwalks.

What should I do when a family member sleepwalks?

The most important thing you can do is prevent injury by removing dangerous objects from areas that your family member might reach. You should keep doors and windows closed and locked so that the sleepwalker can’t wander outside. If necessary, your family member may have to sleep on the ground floor for better safety.

When you find your family member sleepwalking, you should gently guide him or her back to bed. Don’t yell, make a loud noise, or shake your family member to wake him or her up.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

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

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