Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What is sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking is a disorder that causes you to get up and walk around or do other kinds of activities while you are still sleeping, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

During the course of a night, you experience various stages of sleep, including light sleep and deep sleep, according to the NIH. Sleepwalking usually happens during deep sleep in the early part of the night.

In kids, the reasons for sleepwalking are unknown, though it typically is thought to be caused by anxiety, lack of sleep and fatigue, according to the NIH. It most often occurs in children ages 5 to 12.

When adults sleepwalk, the NIH states it is often caused by:

  • Alcohol
  • Medical conditions, such as partial complex seizures
  • Medications
  • Mental disorders
  • Sedatives

Sleepwalking can run in families, according to the NIH.

Talk to your physician for more information about sleepwalking.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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