Medical Mythbuster: Is it Dangerous to Wake a Sleepwalker?

It’s a myth that waking a sleepwalker will cause them to have a heart attack, or another sudden health problem. However, that doesn’t mean you should wake a sleepwalker. Most experts agree that the best way to handle a sleepwalker is to carefully guide them back to bed. If you are unsuccessful, keep a careful eye on them and try again later. Sleepwalking occurs during a very deep stage of sleep which makes it difficult to wake someone easily. If a sleepwalker is awakened during this stage, it can cause severe disorientation and possibly agitation. Fortunately, sleepwalking is a fairly rare problem that tends to affect mostly children and adolescents and is usually outgrown by adulthood.

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

Some HTML is OK


Am I eligible to use Virtual ReadyMED?

Are you or the patient 4+ years old?
Are you in Massachusetts at time of video visit?
Do you have a Reliant PCP?
Do you have access to email on the device you are using?
By continuing I’m giving Reliant permission to communicate with me via text or email to complete this visit.

Am I eligible to use Virtual ReadyMED?

Do you have a MyChart account?