The Dangerous Effects of Sleepwalking Uncovered.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 14, 2013
Doctors Health Press, a division of Lombardi Publishing Corporation and publisher of various natural health newsletters, books, and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is reporting on a new study finding sleepwalking can seriously affect a person’s quality of life and put a person in serious danger.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/the-dangerous-effects-of-sleepwalking-uncovered) notes, drowsiness, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, and poor quality of life are all potential symptoms of sleepwalking, according to a new study published in SLEEP. The research team thinks that sleepwalking is nothing to joke about: in fact, it can be a very serious problem.
As the article “The Dangerous Effects of Sleepwalking Uncovered” reports, the researchers revealed that about 23% of sleepwalkers do it every night, and 44% sleepwalk every week. Here’s the problem: dangerous things happen in nearly 60% of cases, including injuries to the sleepwalker or bed partner in 17% of cases (requiring medical care). This is how bad it can get: one sleepwalker suffered serious head injuries and broken bones after leaping from a third-floor window.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article explains that sleepwalking is a form of “parasomnia.”
The brain is half awake and half asleep, capable of complex actions, but with no awareness whatsoever. That’s why 60% of all sleepwalkers end up hurting themselves or others through such actions as falling down the stairs or walking outside on a freezing cold night.
As the article reports, this is believed to be the largest study conducted on adult sleepwalkers.
The researchers used interviews, questionnaires, and assessments to see the consequences of, and health conditions related to, sleepwalking. The study comprised 100 patients who ranged in age from 18 to 58. They were compared with a control group of 100 healthy people. Some things, they discovered, tended to trigger sleepwalking episodes more often: stressful events, strong positive emotions (like elation), not getting enough sleep, drinking alcohol, and exercising late at night were all linked to unstable sleeps.
As Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin concludes, there are consequences of sleepwalking, like fatigue and mood disturbances, which could greatly affect a person’s quality of life. It notes that visiting a sleep clinic and trying to limit a person’s sleepwalking by getting at the root of their sleeping problems, such as by reducing the amount of stressful events in their day, are the best courses of action.
(SOURCE: Lopez, R., et al., “Functional Impairment in Adult Sleepwalkers: A Case-Control Study,” SLEEP 2013; 36(3): 345-351.)
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