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Hello Delia , I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.How did you realize that you are sleep walking? Was it correlation / associated to legs pumping up and down during early sleep or family history of sleep walking of youngest daughter?Are you taking any medications?Any significant past medical history?
2) confusional arousals, and
3) sleep terrors.
Usually no treatment is required as it would abate on its own. Parasomnia can have undesirable events like;
1) motor (like walking)
2) verbal (talking)
3) experimental event.
If the verbal events are not subsiding, following may need to be instituted;
2) Relaxation techniques
Please read about parasomnia in this resource;
These events come in the episodic form and sometimes there are periods of long absence of years with 2-3 days of sleep talking and again a long gap. Important point to understand are;
A. These are benign events and do not need treatment usually.
B. Following associated conditions should be ruled out;
1) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
2) Sleep apnea
C. Adequate sleep of 8-9 hours should be assured if the events start happening.
D. Benzodiazepines, tricyclic antidepressants, and serotonin reuptake inhibitors medicines can be used if the events are recurring and frequent.
E. Parasomnias are not associated with any long-term sequelae.
But if this is happening to you frequently in night and multiple times; a sleep study may be considered by your physician, if this persists. Meanwhile you can try following;
1) Relaxation exercises, walking, stretching exercises, static bicycle, swimming etc before sleep helps.
2) People who are apprehensive may need alprazolam (Xanax), sometimes.
I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.
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