Sleepwalking Disorder Symptoms

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Sleepwalking Disorder?

The following are common sleepwalking symptoms:

  • Eyes are open during sleep
  • Walking during sleep
  • May have blank facial expression
  • May sit up and appear awake during sleep
  • No recall of the event upon awaking
  • Confusion, disorientation on awakening
  • Sleep talking is incomprehensible and non-purposeful
  • Blank stare with eyes open as the person roams the house
  • Episodes may range from quiet walking to agitated running
  • The response is slow and absent on questioning.
  • When the person returns to bed without awakening the person has no recollection of the event.
  • Older children usually are embarrassed by their behavior. They usually awaken easily at the end of the episode.
  • The condition is not associated with previous sleep problems
  • There may be brief periods of confusion upon first awakening but within minutes the patient’s mental activity and behavior becomes normal and unimpaired.
  • The symptoms can cause clinically important distress or can impair work, personal or social functioning.

Could You Have Sleepwalking Disorder?

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