Sleepwalking: When to Seek Medical Care

Medical treatment for sleepwalking is not usually necessary. For children and adults, sleepwalking is usually a sign of lack of sleep, intense emotional problems, stress, or fever. As these conditions resolve, sleepwalking stops.

In most cases, no treatment is necessary, because sleepwalking rarely indicates any serious underlying medical or psychiatric problem.

In most children, sleepwalking disappears at puberty. However, it can occasionally persist into adulthood or may even begin in adulthood.

Consult a sleep specialist if you or a loved one is having frequent episodes of sleepwalking, injuring him or herself, or showing violent behavior.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on October 18, 2015


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