Sleepwalking affects nearly a third of us—here’s what causes it

Common sense would tell you that being asleep and being awake
are mutually exclusive. But in the case of
sleepwalking—somnambulism, if you’re nasty— they’re not.
Sleepwalking is a condition that affects nearly 30 percent of us,
according to a Mayo Clinic, although adults can
be affected, too.

Sleepwalking generally happens during deep, non-REM sleep,
Cralle says. There are four phases of sleep that you cycle through
while you snooze. REM—standing for rapid eye movement—is the
phase where most of your dreaming occurs. Sleepwalking generally
occurs during the third phase of sleep, right before REM, says Bill
Fish, a certified sleep science coach (someone who works with
people to improve their sleep habits and
routines) and co-founder of entire motorcycle ride in her sleep. Or the man who
allegedly one study found that people taking SSRIs were more
likely to be sleepwalkers; same goes for people with obsessive
compulsive disorder and major depressive disorder who weren’t
taking medications)

  • Changes in your sleep routine

Okay, so you discover that you’re one of the approximately 30
percent of people who sleepwalk, and you’ve been taking romps
around your apartment while you’re asleep. Cool. What now?
“Sleepwalking may seem harmless or even comical, but if it
persists, the sleepwalker should seek the help of a doctor,”
Fish says, especially if it happens once a week or more, causes
major sleep disruption, or escalates to dangerous activities.

One strategy to help with sleepwalking is called “anticipatory
awakenings.” However, this practice is most often targeted toward
children, Fish says. “If a child had nightmares or sleep walks at
roughly the same time each night, a parent can go in to their
bedroom 10-15 minutes prior to the normal time of the event and
nudge the child to disrupt their sleeping,” he says. However, he
notes that it’s definitely not an exact science and he recommends
seeing your doctor before trying this.

Cralle adds that eliminating or limiting alcohol can help with
sleepwalking in adults. She adds that consistently upping your
snooze time by 30-60 minutes a night can also be beneficial, as
lack of sleep can be attributed to stress, which can cause
sleepwalking, which disrupts your sleep… you get the idea. It’s
a cycle.

One last note: It’s a common misconception that you should
never wake a sleepwalker because they might get confused, violent,
or lash out, Cralle says. But realistically, Try one of these expert-approved tips for
deeper sleep
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Sleepwalking affects nearly a third of us—here’s what causes it