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.
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.