Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

 

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Tags: sleepwalking | zombies | prevention | safety

How to Deal With Sleepwalking

Friday, 08 Jun 2012 09:10 AM

Sleepwalking is a mysterious behavior. Some people simply change where they sleep, but others drive cars or eat - there even have been homicides during nocturnal wanderings.

Neurologists aren't sure what combination of genetic predisposition and environmental disturbance launches people out of bed like zombies. But brain scans tell us that it happens during the non-REM (non-dreaming) stage of sleep and is linked to anxiety, stress, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Almost 30 percent of people report sleepwalking, most as children, though 4 percent still take a stroll as an adult. In kids, it doesn't generally signal a psychological or physical problem. But a physician's help usually is needed for adults to determine if sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome or chronic stress prevents the deep REM sleep needed for full restoration of brain function. In the meantime:

For protection (kids and adults): Seal windows; clear floors; install stairway safety gates; no bunk beds; and keep car keys and firearms out of reach.

For prevention: Try scheduled awakening. Keep a log of the time your child - or an adult - falls asleep and when sleepwalking starts. Then, for several nights, rouse the sleepwalker 15 minutes before the expected sleepwalk. Yes, we know this can be tough on you, but so are the consequences of sleepwalking. Don't wake up your subject completely, just disturb or change the sleep cycle, and hopefully nighttime strolls will end.


© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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