Sleepwalking in Children

Somnambulism, better known as sleepwalking, is a disorder most frequently found in young adolescents. While it can cause large movements during sleep, it most commonly involves walking in a state of sleep.

Thankfully, sleepwalking is just a phase, with approximately 75 percent of children outgrowing the disorder with the onset of puberty. But for others, sleepwalking may continue long into their adult lives.

Sleepwalking episodes tend to occur during the N3 stage of sleep, also known as slow-wave sleep. Upon waking up, the child will typically have no recollection of their sleepwalking episode and may be disjointed or confused.

Although usually harmless, it is important to take safety precautions if your child experiences frequent sleepwalking episodes. For instance, if your child’s bedroom is located above a set of stairs, block access to the stairs to prevent any falling accidents.

Is your child experiencing sleepwalking or other parasomnias? Call our FusionSleep office in Atlanta to schedule a consultation with our sleep specialists. We can be reached at (678) 990-3962.