There are some people who have problems with their sleep. Some have insomnia, narcolepsy, snoring, and some other have sleepwalking which is also known as somnambulism and noctambulism.
Sleepwalking, although it is not always harmless, it can also be very dangerous.
Sleepwalkers walk in their sleep. Or, they even do other actions as if they are awake such as taking a shower, eating. And, sometimes they can get out of the house. This is the dangerous part, especially because they cannot control their actions. Some sleepwalkers might also carry a knife or worst, walk in the nude.
If you see someone walking on his/her sleep, youd better take him/her back to bed or wake him/her up gently. Most sleepwalkers would not remember what they did while sleeping. So, it would be wise not to make fun of them after they wake up.
What actually is the cause of this sleeping disorder?
In children, sleepwalking might be a result of fatigue, prior sleep loss, or anxiety. In adults, it is normally related to over tiredness, mind disorder, reactions to drugs and alcohol, or certain medical conditions. In aged people, it could be a symptom of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) behavior disorders or an organic brain syndrome.
It may also be genetic. Sleepwalking parents often have sleepwalking kids.
Here are some tips that you can try to avoid sleepwalking:
Relax at bedtime by listening to soft music or relaxation tapes. Since one of the causes of sleepwalking is stress, it would be best for sleepwalker to try to get as relaxed as possible before going to bed.
Have a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. Regular sleeping helps sleepwalker learn the rhythm of sleep. This can help preventing them from walking on their sleep.
Make sure there is no noise that might sound annoying to you while you try to close your eyes.
Avoid alcohol or drugs before going to bed for those are also causes of sleepwalking.
It has been projected that 10 percent of all people will experience sleep walking at some time in their life! So, make sure that you are not one of those 10 percent by trying those above tips.