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My child is sleepwalking, is it worrying?

My child is sleepwalking, is it worrying?

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You believe your child is fast asleep, and in the middle of the night, you find him in the living room, his eyes empty, walking around ... Strange!

Phenomenon with mysterious paces, sleepwalking often intrigues parents. To know him better avoids worrying unnecessarily.

What is sleepwalking?

  • Like the rhythm of falling asleep or night terrors, sleepwalking is part of the parasomnias group. These are not true sleep disorders, but simply disturbances in the transition of sleep phases.
  • This phenomenon is the subject of recent research. 15% of children have at least one access to sleepwalking, but 1 to 6% are, at most, between 4 and 12 years old.
  • One of the causes seems hereditary In 60 to 80% of cases, the parents themselves were subjected to these nocturnal walks.

When and how do crises occur?

  • In general, they occur one to three hours after falling asleepat the time of a very deep sleep phase.
  • Your child stands up, eyes wide open, but seems to see nothing. His face is inexpressive and his wandering slow. The episode usually lasts less than ten minutes. During the crisis, he half awakes, but his brain remains asleep. His visual perception is likely.

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