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Is sleepwalking genetic?

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Several things can lead to sleepwalking.

It can run in the family. Identical twins are more likely to sleepwalk. If you have a parent, brother, or sister who sleepwalks, you're 10 times more likely to do so than someone from a family with no sleepwalkers.

You might also have the disorder if you're:

  • Sleep deprived
  • On a chaotic sleep schedule
  • Stressed
  • Drunk
  • Taking drugs such as sedative-hypnotics (which promote relaxation or sleep), neuroleptics (used to treat psychosis), stimulants (which boost activity), and antihistamines (used to treat symptoms of allergy)

From: Sleepwalking (Somnambulism) WebMD Medical Reference

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Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 25, 2018

SOURCES: 

eMedicine Health. 

Mayo Clinic.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 25, 2018

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