Somnambulism

What is Somnambulism?

Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism or noctambulism, is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Sleepwalkers arise from the slow wave sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and perform activities that are usually performed during a state of full consciousness. These activities can be as benign as sitting up in bed, walking to the bathroom, and cleaning, or as hazardous as cooking, driving, violent gestures, grabbing at hallucinated objects, or even homicide.

Although generally sleepwalking cases consist of simple, repeated behaviours, there are occasionally reports of people performing complex behaviours while asleep, although their legitimacy is often disputed. Sleepwalkers often have little or no memory of the incident, as their consciousness has altered into a state in which it is harder to recall memories. Although their eyes are open, their expression is dim and glazed over.

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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...

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Hi there, your husband seems to be suffering from what is commonly known as sleepwalking and sleep eating. Technically they are called somnambulism...

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I am looking for a sleep specialist, not for sleep apnea, but for discovering why I talk and hallucinate all night long, every night. I live in...

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Disorder of Arousal (somniloquy) likely diagnosis

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Thank you for your query. From your description, it...

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My dad is 64 now. I feel this started about10-15 years back.For our education sake, my mom used to stay with us in a different city and my dad...

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Hi Dear Uma consult Local Psychiatrst

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The condition which your father is having called Somnambulism.
Somnambulism...

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