Sleepwalking is a disorder that happens when someone walks or does
another activity while he/she is still asleep. When people sleepwalk,
they may sit up and look as though they are awake when they are actually
asleep. It most commonly occurs in children who are otherwise normal.
While the exact cause for sleepwalking is unknown, it may be scary for parents.
Some factors such as illness, fever, lack of sleep, depression, stress,
and anxiety may trigger sleepwalking,. Nearly one-third of individuals
with nocturnal wandering had a family history of the disorder. Around 3.6 percent of U.S. adults — or upward of 8.4 million — are prone to sleepwalking.
Other recent findings about sleepwalking:
The duration of sleepwalking was mostly chronic, with just over 80
percent of those who have sleepwalked reporting they’ve done so for more
than five years. Sleepwalking was not associated with gender and seemed to decrease with age.
People using over-the-counter sleeping pills had a higher likelihood of
reporting sleepwalking episodes at least two times per month.