Interesting Facts about Sleepwalking

There are many interesting facts about sleepwalking which a lot of people are not aware of. Here are some of the most interesting facts about sleepwalking:

  • Children and teens who tend to sleepwalk often do not remember them due to Neurophysiologic reasons. Sleepwalkers appear to be partially awake and partially asleep, which explains why some people remember and most do not. It also means that the brain does not fall asleep all at once; instead, certain areas fall asleep before others.
  • Another sleepwalking myth is that it is automatic, which means you don’t have any motivation or rationale for doing it, you just do it. However, a recent study has found that many people remember what they did and why, and are even able to determine that their actions were illogical, but made sense in the moment.
  • Teen sleepwalkers are better able to hide their sleepiness but when compared to teens who did not sleepwalk, they performed worse on vigilance tests. If they were allowed to take a nap, the sleepwalking teens also fell asleep more quickly than teens that had not been sleepwalking.
  • The reason sleepwalking is more common in kids is because transitioning from sleep to wakefulness requires maturation of the brain, which can be a difficult task for children in this age. Usually, what happens is that sleepwalking will go away after puberty, but in 25 percent of cases it continues through adolescence.
  • Usually sleepwalking is found to be harmless because episodes are short. Sleepwalking occurs when a person who is sleeping deeply is disturbed. In rare instances, longer episodes can take place which put the sleepwalker or others at risk, such as driving a car while asleep.
  • Almost eighty percent of sleepwalkers have a family history. Sleep walking is found to be genetically transferred down the family tree. In fact, according to a study, an identical twin is five times more likely to sleepwalk if their twin is a sleepwalker.
  • Some new data also reports that stress and tiredness can cause sleepwalking. In people who are prone to sleepwalking, any kind of sleep disruption can trigger sleepwalking to occur. Usually, sleepwalking occurs when a person has gone through some troubled life stage or encountered something traumatic that haunts their nights and results in sleepwalking.
  • According to a study it has been found out that sleepwalkers tend to experience daytime sleepiness, fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety more often than people who do not sleepwalk. Another recent study found that sleepwalking could potentially trigger violent behavior and affect overall health.

Can A Person Kill Someone While Sleepwalking?

Yes, there have been many cases in which a sleepwalker has been known to attempt to murder someone. This is known as Homicidal Somnambulism or Sleepwalking Murder. It is the act of killing or murdering someone while sleepwalking. Sleepwalkers usually end up killing their own family members. However, they do not even remember their brutal act. Although it is rare and it is heard often but according to the statistics, there have been around sixty eight homicidal sleepwalking cases reported in literature till 2005.