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Sleepwalking Genetic: You Doze and Stroll? Blame Your Parents

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 07:59 AM

Sleepwalking may be a genetic trait inherited from our parents, a new study suggests.

MSN News reported
Monday that researchers at Montreal's Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur recently found a strong correlation between parents and children who sleepwalk.

Examining data from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development, Dr. Jacques Montplaisir and colleagues found that 22 percent of children with no sleepwalking parents sleepwalked themselves. The prevalence of sleepwalking among children with one sleepwalking parent was 47 percent, and 61 percent for children with two sleepwalking parents.

Comparing those numbers with each other, that means that children with one sleepwalking parent were three times as likely to sleepwalk, and children with two sleepwalking parents were seven times as likely.

"These findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors," the study authors wrote in their conclusion. The study was published Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Sleepwalking usually occurs during the slow-wave sleep phase, which precedes the REM stage (in which we dream). Sleep terrors also tend to happen in the slow-wave phase.

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