Sleepwalking: What can you do?

Sleepwalking (somnambulism) is a condition in which sufferers in sleep out of bed and walk around, or sometimes do more complex things. But also less obvious behaviors during sleep, such as:

  1. Setting up and looking around in bed,
  2. Pulling the duvet or
  3. Examining the wall of the bed can already count as sleepwalking.

If victims out of bed when sleepwalking, they come mostly from himself back and sleep there on. Once risen, companies sleepwalker partly seemingly complex things, such as:

  • Put on clothes
  • running in other rooms
  • Open windows or doors
  • (Partially) react to speech

The Sleepwalking usually takes place in the middle or towards the night and usually lasts no more than a few minutes. During the episode, the sleepwalkers usually open eyes and an empty, rigid facial expression.

The next morning, sleepwalkers usually can not remember their nightly activities . In children, somnambulism is more common than in adults.

Even in everyday language, the term is commonly used. One speaks of sleepwalking , meaning the ability to somewhat as in sleep to be able – so so good and experienced that you no longer need to think here.

In reality somnambulism has little to do with this colloquialism. Sleepwalker move on their nocturnal ramble though targeted, but often not very coordinated. They usually have a tendency to run straight. Injury from sleepwalking are not rare – so fall sleepwalkers sometimes stairs down, run into walls or stumble at furniture. Some sleepwalkers begin during a nocturnal episode also to cook or eat. They eat fruit may together with the bowl or chocolate including aluminum foil.

SleepwalkingWhat can you do for Sleepwalking?

Sleepwalkers should preferably not awaken. Because when you wake up you do not know at first mostly where they are frightened and may even panic. Often they recognize the person who awakens, not immediately.

A wake is only useful when sleepwalkers in a dangerous situation issued. On a balcony, near a window or a staircase as the risk of accidents is high.

Talk a sleepwalking person silently and run them gently back towards the bed. They usually follows and then goes back to sleep in bed. The bedroom should also be kept well darkened because sleepwalkers often respond to glow.

Frequent sleepwalking with risk of injury should complete windows and doors. Sources of possible injury (furniture edges, sharp objects, standing in the way of furniture, etc.) must be protected accordingly.

There is a fear that you look at the sleepwalking out of the apartment (or hotel room, the apartment …) locks out , it can help to lock the door and the key to store or hide away. Stakeholders may also attach a second key leg before bedtime.

To be a healthy man a good sleep is very much important. That is, sufferers should pay attention to their sleep schedule and avoid nighttime sleep deficits, but also nap. Alcohol is recommended only in small amounts.

Relaxation techniques like autogenous training or progressive muscle relaxation can have a positive effect on the sleepwalking. The exercises should ideally at bedtime, but not in bed are performed in a sitting position, but the best, so you do not fall asleep while. The relaxation exercise can with an intent formula are combined which one recites inwardly at the end of the exercise. For example, a sentence like: “As soon as my feet touch the ground, I wake up.” In this way, sleepwalking can umtrainieren circumstances.