Sleepwalking in a child

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Sleepwalking in a child

Sleepwalking in a child is a disorder of the slow-wave sleep phase. In science, it has acquired the name somnambulism. During sleep, the brain “rests” and the areas responsible for movement, too. But this is not always the case. With sleepwalking, the child can get out of bed without waking up and perform actions. A concomitant symptom may be talking. But the other senses are disabled. The exact causes of somnambulism have not been identified. It is only known that the disease can be inherited.

The first sleepwalking in children occurs at an early age from 4 to 10 years. The child can walk and talk in his sleep for 10-20 minutes. The slow-wave sleep phase begins in the dead of night. As a rule, sleepwalking passes by the age of 15.

Causes of sleepwalking in children

  • Stress;
  • Anxiety;
  • Emotionality;
  • Fatigue;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Neurosis.

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