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

Make sure that if your child sleepwalks, there are no dangerous obstacles or a risk of falling. 

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

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on October 24, 2019


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