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Why do I get up and start walking while sleeping?

Q: I am a 24 years old male. I often get up at night and start walking in sleep. I also shout and again come back to my room and sleep. What am I suffering from and how can it be treated?

A:It seems like you may have a type of parasomnia (partial arousals from sleep), however, you may need to have more comprehensive evaluation by a psychiatrist or a physician specializing in sleep in order to properly diagnose. In any case most important precaution in your case would be to take adequate safety measures, such as making sure that staircases are blocked and that nothing sharp or any object is in your way during such walking in your sleep. Additionally, other measures such as avoiding stimulants (caffeine) and alcohol and attempting to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night may also be helpful.


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