Advertisement

Most Popular on Medindia

P
M

Sleep Walking / Somnambulism

Rating : 12345
Rate This Article : 1 2 3 4 5
G J E 4

Medical/Legal Issues

There are definite legal and medical implications for a criminal offence committed during a sleepwalking episode, as the offender is not held responsible for the act.

Sleepwalking is a peculiar, distressing, and potentially dangerous sleep behavior. However, there are definite medical and legal implications for a criminal offense committed during a Sleepwalking phase, as the offender is not held responsible for the act.

Medical Issues and Legal Issues

Sleepwalking can adversely affect another sleep condition such as obstructive sleep apnea by interfering with nasal continuous positive-pressure therapy .

Sleepwalkers are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated as psychiatric disorders.

Such cases must be evaluated by professional sleep specialists.

They may also have forensic implications. Accidents, homicides, and suicides may occur during these bizarre nocturnal experiences

Failing to advise patients and/or their caretakers about the risks of injury to self or others could be construed as punishable, depending on the extent of the damage sustained.

Failure to look for an underlying cause for sleepwalking, especially when the onset is in adulthood, also could be punishable.

Show More Related Topics y

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions
very nice post, I've never seen such a good post that you make. this post is very useful for me. thanks for the information that you have created.
HotNews Sunday, September 12, 2010

Ask an Expert

C
If you have a question about health related issues, you can now post it in our Ask An Expert section on our community website Medwonders.com and get answers from our panel of experts.
s Sleep Disorder: Sleepwalking - Prognosis
Sleep Disorder: Sleepwalking - Prognosis
S Sleep Disorder: Sleepwalking - Patient Education and Safety Measures
Sleep Disorder: Sleepwalking - Patient Education a...