There are many types of sleep disorders, including sleepwalking. Sleepwalking encompasses any type of unusual physical activity that occurs while one is still asleep, such as sitting up in bed, walking around the house, getting food from the refrigerator, or even driving a car. Individuals who sleepwalk are unlikely to remember having done so the next day. They are often difficult to awaken and they may engage in inappropriate behaviors while asleep.
The exact cause of sleepwalking is still unknown. However, doctors believe it could be attributed to several factors, such as stress, sleep deprivation, or the use of certain medications. Certain medical conditions, such as sleep apnea, panic attacks, and hyperthyroidism, may also contribute to sleepwalking. Medication can help reduce incidences of sleepwalking, and doctors often recommend modifying the home to reduce the risk of falls during sleepwalking episodes.
The team at Fawcett Memorial Hospital near Punta Gorda provides compassionate medical care for a broad range of medical conditions, including sleep disorders, cardiac conditions, senior health concerns, and emergency medical needs. Visit us online or call (888) 685-1599 to learn more.