How to Manage Sleepwalking and Sleep Apnoea!

Sleepwalking is termed as somnambulism, type of sleep disorder seen more in children and rarely in adults. It is a condition where you get from your bed and start walking around when you are still asleep. Even though it is not a serious problem, you may face injuries during such episodes.

Causes of Sleepwalking

  • Lack of sleep.
  • Being emotionally disturbed, anxiety, depression, etc.
  • Irregular sleeping habits.
  • After head injury or travel.
  • Certain medications used to treat psychological problems.
  • Sleep apnoea.
  • Hereditary.

Symptoms of Sleepwalking

  • Walking around with open eyes.
  • You will not respond to others during the episode. But you may talk on your own.
  • Confusion for a short time after awakening.
  • You will not remember the episode when you get up in the morning.
  • You may feel restless due to sleep disturbance.
  • Some may walkout of the house, start driving or doing daily activities like cooking, etc.
  • Day sleeping because of lack of sleep in night.

How to Manage Sleepwalking

  • In children no treatment is needed. It will disappear as they reach teenage.
  • Treating the underlying cause will reduce the episodes and it will gradually disappear.
  • Ask someone to note your usual time of sleepwalking. Set an alarm accordingly to wake you up, before you start walking.
  • If you are taking any medicines for psychological problems, consult your doctor and change the medicine.
  • Maintain regular sleep pattern. Try to get enough sleep.
  • Avoid day sleeping.
  • Try to become emotionally stable.
  • Practise meditation and breathing exercises before going to bed.

How to Manage Sleep Apnoea

  • You need to reduce your body weight by exercise or walking.
  • Use decongestants. You can undergo Nasya therapy.
  • Internally you can take Sitopaladi churna, Yashtimadhu or Pippali with honey.
  • Start practising ‘Neti’ under professional guidance.
  • Avoid curds, refrigerated foods and cold water. Drink lukewarm or hot water to clear your air passage before going to bed.

Additional Reading:

Sleepwalking – Scientific Studies

Sleep Disorders – An Overview

How to Cure Sleep Apnoea Naturally!

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