Sleepwalking : Diagnosis


Sleepwalking, medically termed as somnambulism, in which a person walks and moves around in his sleep. Patients usually do not recall what they did during this time, but in certain instances they may have a faint memory of some events. Generally, the condition occurs in infancy and can or may not continue in puberty and adulthood.

An accurate and thorough diagnosis is important in order to understand the particular causes of sleep disturbance. A special sleep examination, called polysomnography, is typically prescribed by physicians. It is performed in a separate centre for sleep. During a full sleep cycle, it helps to study brain waves, pulse rhythm, blood oxygen level, breathing rate, and hand and leg movements. Using sensors attached to the body which are removed after completion of the cycle, the average sleep quality is assessed.

Do visit healthcare professional for consultation of treatments, therauptic techniques and healthy habits to reduce the sleepwalking disorder.