Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder that causes the patient to get out of bed, walk and even talk. The person acts as if she is awake. His family members are often afraid that something will happen to him. For example, she opens the door of the house and goes out in the street, at the risk of being overthrown.
Despite what we know about this disorder, today we will discover some myths about sleepwalking. Some of them are indeed widespread and we accepted them as absolute truths.Many myths about sleepwalking, however, are only the result of beliefs that we have not been able to question or to verify its veracity.
1. It is dangerous to wake a sleepwalker
Several sleepwalking myths deal with one main theme: waking a sleepwalker is very dangerous. Some say it could lead to a heart attack and the death of the person. Others point out that the sleepwalker can go crazy. All this is not totally true.
What happens when we wake up disoriented? Sometimes we dream so intensely that we do not know where we are when we wake up. Something similar happens to a sleepwalker when she wakes up in a different place from where she fell asleep.
Even if the person is suffering from the heart, a heart attack may still be possible. The person will wake up confused, disoriented and may show some irritation.It will then be necessary to reassure her, calm her and explain to her what happened. She will probably be aware of her condition and go back to bed.
2. They do not hurt themselves if they hit something
Here is another myth about sleepwalking. It refers to the inability for people with this disorder to feel pain or hurt themselves. This is why people who accompany a sleepwalker to go back to bed often do not worry if he or she stumbles or hits something.
A sleepwalker does not lose sensitivity. He does not suddenly become immune to stimuli.He continues to hurt himself. So we have to be very careful when we help him get back to bed. If the blow is very strong, it can even wake him up.
"Somnambulism episodes tend to be more prevalent among young people, and they are particularly characteristic in children around age 3 to 13. Episodes become less frequent as you get older."Share
3. They always keep their eyes closed
We have all seen horror movies where sleepwalkers appear as a shadow, with closed eyes and a sinister attitude. This happens only in movies. The reality is quite different.
Sleepwalkers do not move their eyes completely closed. How does a sleepwalker open a door? How does he know he has to climb stairs? He can do this because he has his eyes open and can see what surrounds him even if his brain is in a dream state.
4. They have episodes of sleepwalking every day
Yet another myth widespread on sleepwalking. There is a tendency to believe that a sleepwalker suffers from this characteristic on a daily basis. In other words, we must be vigilant every day because he is likely to get up. This is wrong.
Sleepwalkers do not always get up. This usually happens when they are going through a period of intense stress. It is stress that determines whether a person suffers from sleepwalking for a week, a month, or just a few sporadic days. Treating it is therefore highly important.
The more stressed a person is, the more sleepwalking episodes they will have. These will however be reduced if the intensity of the stress is too.Share
5. They must be locked
The family's concern for the well-being of the person who suffers from sleepwalking may cause him to lock him up. This is not very positive, however. Indeed, confining a sleepwalker in a relatively small space where his mobility is limited will result in more risk that he gets hurt with something.
The ideal is to take measures such as closing the house door and windows. Having shutters is even better because the noise will wake us up if the sleepwalker tries to open it. It is also important not to leave any sharp objects or objects that could hurt them. A sharp knife or lighters, for example.
The security measures will be different for each person suffering from sleepwalking. Indeed, some try to leave the house, others tend to go to the kitchen to eat or even cook. It is therefore recommended to put out of reach all the elements that put his health at risk.
There is no specific treatment for sleepwalking at this time.It is simply recommended to have good sleep hygiene. The recommendations here would be not to dine abundantly, not to go to bed every day at the same time, to get enough sleep, and even to do therapy to deal with stress.