- 6 Months ago
A few hours after you've just put your child to sleep, do you find your child wandering around in the house looking dazed and puzzled? Sleep walking, also known as somnambulism which involves getting up and walking around while asleep, is very common in children between the ages 4-8. Researchers estimate that 15% of kids sleepwalk regularly and sleepwalking may run in families, sometimes occur when a person is sick or not getting enough sleep and is stressed, has fever, fatigue or is on some medications.
Despite its name, sleep walking can range from undamaging (sitting up) to potentially unsafe (wandering outside the house) outcomes. Most sleepwalkers outgrow it by the early teen years. A sleep walker's eyes are usually open but they don't see the same way they do when they're awake.