Sleepwalking affects daytime health
A night of sleepwalking could cause serious health problems during the day. A report published in the journal SLEEP based on one of the largest studies on adult sleepwalkers to date found that people who sleepwalk are significantly more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness, fatigue, insomnia, depression and anxiety.
About 17 percent of sleepwalkers sustained some kind of injury during their late-night walks. Some of the injuries were only minor bruises, but other incidents resulted in bone fractures and head trauma.
Sleepwalking is a disorder that affects about four percent of adults. It happens as the body awakens from non-rapid eye movement sleep when the brain is partially alert, but unaware of its actions.
The study’s lead author, Dr. Yves Dauvilliers concluded, “Sleepwalking is an under-diagnosed condition that may be clearly associated with daytime consequences and mood disturbances leading to a major impact on quality of life.”