A Guide to Sleepwalking and Sleeptalking
Anonymous Asked: hey there,i’d love a guide on sleepwalkers,like,i play a char that sleepwalks and i myself have sleepwalked before but i have some trouble describing it and everything,a little help here please?
I have been here and done that. My sister has even played ping pong with me while I was sleepwalking between a wall and a door. So here is a summary about sleepwalking and I have added in sleep talking as it usually occurs at the same time.
- Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Its clinical terms are somnambulism or noctambulism.
- Sleepwalking usually occurs in children. It usually disappears by adolescence and because of this sleep walking is less prevalent in adults. However when it does occur in adults, it happens three times more often each year and lasts longer.
- Sleepwalkers arise during the slow wave sleep stage and begin to perform tasks that would normally be performed in a wakeful state. This be the small things of just sitting up in bed or going to the bathroom to larger, more dangerous things, like cooking, cleaning or even murder.
- Sleepwalking tends to be small, repetitive tasks but sometimes more complex behaviors are done. The complex ones aren’t always believed though as it is hard to document these activities.
- There is no recollection about these things that happen. Although the eyes are open, they are glazed over and the face holds a dim look to it. Sleepwalking can be 30 seconds to 30 minutes or longer.
- According to one study it is believed to be an inherited autosomal dominant disorder with reduced penetrance. According to others it could form in children when development is slowed.
- Sleep talking is a parasomnia that refers to talking while asleep. It is also referred to somniloquy. It can be quite loud or very quite, with small snippets of words or long speeches.
- Sleep talking usually occurs during transitory arousals in the NREM sleep cycle, which is when the body doesn’t move from one sleep stage to the other smoothly.
- Sleep talking can occur by itself or as part of another disorder which includes sleepwalking, night terrors, rapid eye movement behavior disorder and sleep-related eating disorder.
- Sleep talking occurs in 50% of all children, with most outgrowing it out by puberty. It can be found in adults, though not as common and often families do it (If a parent sleep-talks then most likely a child does as well).
- Sleep talking is harmless by itself but can often be disruptive to others especially when it is misinterpreted by an observer as conscious speech.