Also known as Somnambulism
Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism, is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Sleepwalkers arise from the slow wave sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and perform activities that are usually performed during a state of full consciousness. These activities can be as benign as sitting up in bed, walking to the bathroom, and cleaning, or as hazardous as cooking, driving, violent gestures, grabbing at hallucinated objects, or even homicide.Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with sleepwalking, 79% report having abnormal breathing sounds, 72% report having abnormal involuntary movements, and 61% report having nightmares.
Patients with sleepwalking often receive other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), psychotherapy, corneal transplant, procedures on spleen, removal of ectopic pregnancy, tracheostomy; temporary and permanent, diagnostic endocrine procedures and ct scan chest .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with sleepwalking include pregabalin (lyrica), zolpidem (ambien), benzoyl peroxide-clindamycin topical, melatonin, metaxalone (skelaxin), temazepam, benztropine, haloperidol, lamotrigine (lamictal), divalproex sodium (depakote), guaifenesin (mucinex), duloxetine (cymbalta) and glipizide .
|Benzoyl Peroxide-Clindamycin Topical|
|Divalproex Sodium (Depakote)|
Groups of people at highest risk for sleepwalking include age 5-14 years, age 45-59 years and race/ethnicity = white. On the other hand, age 75+ years and race/ethnicity = black almost never get sleepwalking.