Sleepwalking Disorder Research

(Also Known As: Sleepwalking Children Research, Sleepwalking Research, Sleep Walk Research, Sleep Problems Research, Somnambulism Research)

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Sleepwalking Disorder Related Research


Zadra A. et. al. of the University of Montreal carried out a research study on somnambulism using the diagnostic tool of polysomnography in order to determine the effects of sleep deprivation that precipitates the occurrence of sleepwalking. They aimed to determine the effects of 25 hours of sleep deprivation on the frequency of the recorded sleepwalking episodes in the laboratory. The participants of the research study were evaluated through a video polysomnography for a single baseline night and a recovery sleep of 25 hours of sleep deprivation. The outcome showed results where there is a significant increase in the frequency of sleepwalking episodes during the sleep deprivation recovery sleep. The sleep deprivation also has a co-morbid sleep disturbance in 9 out of the 10 participants of the study.

The finding of the research study supported the view that sleepwalkers do suffer from a dysfunctional mechanism that is responsible for sustaining a stable slow wave sleep suggesting that these individuals are highly vulnerable to an increased homeostasis sleep pressure. It further strengthens the valuable tool of using 25 hours of sleep deprivation in order to facilitate a polysomnography diagnosis for sleepwalking.


A research study was conducted in order to determine the effects of respiratory events in sleepwalking and other parasomnia forms of sleep disorders. The assessment was made through the means of esophageal pressure monitoring during the arousal from the slow wave sleep in adults with parasomnia. The patients involved have some form of parasomnia disorder such as sleepwalking and night terrors. They underwent 3 consecutive nights of polysomnography. The result showed that by increasing the sleep fragmentation the esophageal pressure monitoring showed a deleterious effect on the architecture of sleep in persons with parasomnia. There are frequent episodes of respiratory events in parasomniacs. Moreover, the outcome showed that sleep disordered breathing is frequently associated with parasomnia during the slow wave sleep, and emphasizes the utility of performing esophageal pressure monitoring to persons with sleepwalking and night terror disorders.

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Narcolepsy – Dyssomnia, Chronic Sleep Disorder, Excessive Daytime Sleepiness, Insomnia
Nightmare Disorder – Parasomnia Disorder, Temporary Inability to Regain Consciousness, Moaning, Screaming, Gasping
Parasomnia NOS – Abnormal Sleep Behavior Involving Movements, Emotions and Perceptions, Sleep Arousal, Sleepwalking, Night Terrors
Sleep Terror Disorder – Night Terror, Parasomnia, Extreme Terror, Gasping, Moaning