Sleepwalking is a phenomenon in which a child, being in a state of sleep, travels around the house or even does some work. The child at this time is conscious, but fast asleep.
As a rule, after he wakes up, the child never remembers what he did while sleeping. At the initial stage of sleepwalking, the child can stay in bed, looking into the empty space or talking loudly in a dream.
In progressive cases, the child can walk inside or even outside the house in a dream. A child in a dream can run as if he is awake, or can try to protect himself if he feels threatened.
Sleepwalking in children is more common than in adults. According to studies, about 20% of children in the world suffer from sleepwalking.
It is well known that this disease is more common in boys, the first symptoms may appear in 4-5 years and ends by 11-12 years. Motor activity of the child in sleepwalking can last 5-10 seconds, as well as 1-2 hours sometimes with muscle cramps.
What the experts say: how to determine if your child is a sleepwalker?
The most important cause of sleepwalking is the emotional state of the child. Sleepwalking can be a consequence of an injury previously experienced by a child. Also, the usual fear can cause sleepwalking child: fear of darkness, monsters under the bed, fear of to remain alone and other. As for the precautions to be taken, experts warn that children should not be allowed to go to bed late.
Create a sleep and Wake mode so that bedtime is always the same. Also, help your child relax before going to bed with their favorite fairy tale or book.
Avoid excessive fluid intake in the evening and make sure the child has visited the toilet before going to bed. In case of possible sleepwalking – remove the furniture in the room so that your child is not injured, accidentally breaking or damaging yourself something. If you notice that your child is walking in his sleep, do not try to wake him.
Gently taking the child by the arm, slow and calm movements put him back to bed. You can comfort him by speaking to him in a soft voice. If he does not remember anything the next day, do not tell him the details of his night incident, do not give him a reason to be afraid. This fear or anxiety can lead to increased sleepwalking.