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Why does a person wake up in the middle of the night and do strange things? What is it?

HI JUST WANT TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT MY HUSBANDS SLEEP PATTERN HE DOESNT SLEEP MOST OF THE NITE HE WOULD GET UP OUT OF BED AND WALK AROUND THE ROOM SEARCHING FOR THINGS SOMETIMES HE GOES DOWN STAIRS AND BRINGS FOOD UP TO THE ROOM AND EATS IT ALL WHILST SLEEPING HE WOULD SOMETIMES REMOVE MY PAJAMAS LAST NITE HE WAS UP AT THE WINDOW TRYING TO OPEN IT IS THERE ANYTHING U WOULD SUGGEST THAT HE COULD DO TO STOP THIS
Asked On : Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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Jun 2013
Hi there, your husband seems to be suffering from what is commonly known as sleepwalking and sleep eating. Technically they are called somnambulism and are a group of sleep disorders known as parasomnias. It would help to develop a good sleep hygiene and avoid any habits associated with loss of sleep at night and daytime sleeping. Good sleep hygiene handout at this website is helpful - http://www.canadiansleepsociety.ca/Map/www/pdf/brochure/normal_sleep.pdf . It might also help to consult a doctor if none of these suggestions seem to improve sleep. I hope this helps.
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