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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

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

Bullet Sleepwalkers are often misdiagnosed and inappropriately treated as psychiatric disorders.

Bullet Such cases must be evaluated by professional sleep specialists.

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

Bullet 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.

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


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