Sleepwalking Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Sleepwalking Disorder Treatments are Available?

There is actually no specific treatment for sleepwalking disorder. Oftentimes treatment is no longer necessary unless the condition has distressing consequences. Treatment may consist of the following:

  • When the cause of sleepwalking disorder is due to stress the following management consist of:
    • biofeedback
    • stress management
    • relaxation technique
  • Psychotherapy is most suitable for individuals with underlying psychological issues that contribute to the sleep disorder.
  • Medication treatment is only provided in severe cases in adults and involves episodes of violent, injurious, disruptive and frequent behavior 7 and it involves the following common medications:
    • Benzodiazepine as anti-anxiety drug (Diazepam, Alprazolam)
    • Tricyclic antidepressant
    • Prosom, Klonopin, Trazodone
    • Medication is often discontinued after several weeks without any sleepwalking recurrence. It should also be noted that sleepwalking increases after the medication is discontinued. 8
  • Other treatments
    • Mental imagery
    • Anticipatory awakenings is the preferred treatment option for long term treatment of sleepwalking disorder. This consists of waking up the person about 15-20 minutes before the usual time of sleepwalking occurrence.
    • Hypnosis

Could You Have Sleepwalking Disorder?

Sleepwalking Disorder Topics

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