Ever find yourself waking up in the most unusual of places in the middle of the night? In the kitchen, on the couch, or in your car? There could be a logical reason to this madness – you could be sleepwalking.
In more formal terms, sleepwalking is the common term for somnambulism – an abnormal condition that makes people perform motor skills in the midst of deep sleep. Studies show that sleepwalking occurs mainly in children between the ages of three and seven, but that doesn’t mean it can affect people of all ages. Adults have reported complex behaviors in association with sleepwalking, such as sitting up out of bed, walking around their homes, and even driving long distances. Due to the deep sleep that sleepwalkers are in when the actions take place, it is usually hard to awaken them, and it is most likely that they will not remember the incident the next day.
If you’re sleepwalking night after night – the problem is usually self-diagnosable for the most part – here are three of the top things that might be causing it.
One of the most major causes of sleepwalking is sleep deprivation – not getting enough sleep can drastically affect not only your actions throughout the day, but also during the night. Not receiving enough sleep at night can cause mental confusion and/or bouts of amnesia. The best way to help prevent sleep deprivation is to create and stick to a sleep schedule. And, of course, a healthy amount of sleep can help not only prevent sleepwalking, but can improve your well-being overall.
Sedative agents are substances that induce a state of sedation that reduces irritability and slows down your reflexes. Alcohol is the most commonly known and used sedative that produces sleepwalking, so after a fun, slightly boozy night out, it’s possible that you may find yourself in an odd situation or place in the morning when you know for a fact that you went to bed. If that’s the case, you might be a sleepwalker.
While medications can help get you through the night, they can also affect your sleep. Medications that promote sleep, treat allergies, and even produce a calming effect can all be culprits when it comes to sleepwalking, especially.