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Sleep Disorders: Determining the Cause of Sleepwalking

Usually, the cause of sleepwalking can be determined by taking a medical history and physical exam to rule out a seizure disorder or other medical condition.

Your doctor may recommend a psychological evaluation to determine whether excessive stress or anxiety is causing you to sleepwalk. He or she may recommend an overnight sleep study in which you are observed throughout the night.

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WebMD 5: Our Expert's A's to Your Top Snooze Q's

In each issue of WebMD the Magazine, we put five of the most-asked questions on the WebMD community boards to one of our health experts. In our January-February 2011 issue, we gave WebMD's sleep expert, Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM, the top five sleep questions -- including why we need it, how much we need, even whether or not it can really make us beautiful.

Read the WebMD 5: Our Expert's A's to Your Top Snooze Q's article > >

 

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Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on October 18, 2015

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