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What is sleep walking? This is not for me, it's for a family

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What is sleep walking?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: This is not for me, it's for a family member
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: It's for my wife , she has a lot of medical problems
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

Sleep talking and sleep walking (Somnambulism), are termed as parasomnia events. These have a predilection for occurring during deep sleep, are known to occur during all stages of sleep, and are possible at any time during the night. They are classified as;

1) sleepwalking,

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 events are not subsiding, following may need to be instituted;

1) Clonazepam

2) Relaxation techniques

Please read about parasomnia in this resource;

http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=47489

These events come in the episodic form and sometimes there are periods of long absence of years with 2-3 days of sleep walking 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.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 4 months ago.

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