We have all had a friend or a child who sleep walks. Surveys suggest sleepwalking occurs frequently in two to three children in every 100 children and approximately five in every 100 children sleepwalk sometimes (Woolcock Institute). I found out these fascinating facts and much more when I recently visited the Woolcock Institute in Sydney. The Woolcock Institute is a leader in breathing and sleep research. I can’t wait to share this knowledge with you in our consultations or through our blog posts.
Sleepwalking occurs in our deeper sleep, also known as non rapid eye movement sleep (NREM). Sleep walking usually occurs early on in the night. It can last for a few minutes and can usually occurs three to four nights in a week on average. People who sleep walk don’t usually remember doing this. A cause for sleepwalking is not always found so keep this in mind if you have a child who is a sleepwalker.
If a family member is sleepwalking, don’t try to wake them up. They may thrash out at you. Rather just try and guide them back to bed.
Children who sleep walk usually grow out of it. The frequency usually reduces as a teenager and stops as a young adult.
I will finish by letting you know in adults, three or four in a 100 adults say that they have sleep walked at some stage in their life, but only four in 1000 are still sleepwalking (Woolcock Institute). Most of these adults sleepwalked as a child, it was reported to have gone away but came back when they are unwell or stressed. The key to managing this is by maintaining good sleep habits and identifying the triggers that make you sleep walk and try to reduce these.
To find out how you can create good sleep habits for your child, book an in home sleep consultation.