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Sleep Walking / Somnambulism

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Disruption of the normal regulation of the different phases of sleep maybe responsible for Sleepwalking; however its actual cause is unknown.


Wakefulness, Rapid Eye Movement and Non Rapid Eye Movement sleep states overlap as transition occurs from one state to another. A smooth flow of these states is essential for good sleep. Dissociation of this smooth transition may cause sleepwalking. This can be aggravated by the following factors-

Bullet Fever

Bullet Sleep Deprivation and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Bullet Other disorders that disrupt slow-wave sleep

Bullet Internal stimuli, such as a full urinary bladder

Bullet External stimuli, such as noises

Bullet Personality disorders

Bullet Relationship difficulties

Bullet Drugs, like thioridazine, fluphenazine, perphenazine, desipramine, chloral hydrate, and lithium


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