Although at some point we have all had an odd experience during our sleep cycle, dealing with the sleepwalker is a unique event to most of us. At some point, we all get up when we are not fully awake, to head to the bathroom, or see what the noise is outside. However, sleepwalking is an altogether different experience that requires special care by our loved ones.
Typically happening a few hours after bedtime, it is not uncommon that the sleepwalker is moving around the house looking confused and dazed. This is often a typical occurrence in children and not so much in adults.
The Behavior of a Sleepwalker
Sonnambulism, or sleepwalking, involves a lot more than just walking. The behavior of the sleepwalker can often range from being harmless (by just sitting up), to something potentially dangerous (walking outside unattended). Typically, a sleepwalker rarely remembers the event.
It is essential to keep your sleepwalker safe around the home, during the event. To help them stay out of harm’s way, it is important to:
- Keep Them Sleeping – Do not try to wake up your sleepwalker, as it may scare them. Simply guide them back to their bed and tuck them in.
- Block All Doors and Windows – It is essential to lock all exterior doors and windows to minimize the potential of them walking outdoors.
- Avoid Bunk Beds – Sleepwalker should never rest on a bunk bed. You will need to reduce the potential of falling and hurting themselves from a high distance. A large, comfortable mattress works best.
- Contain Them – A true sleepwalker needs to be contained. Without thinking, they can easily walk outside even on a cold, freezing night and cause harm to themselves or trouble for someone else.
- Avoid Dangerous Items – Because a true sleepwalker does not understand what is going on around them, it is imperative to keep all dangerous objects safely out of reach. This would include knives, guns, and any sharp objects.
- Reduce Obstacles – Consider reducing or removing all obstacles from their room, the hallway, and throughout the home. This will eliminate the potential for stumbling.
Additionally, there are proactive things you can do to make your sleepwalker less likely to perform their episodic event during the night. Relaxation tapes or soft music at bedtime helps him or her relax deeper. Reduce beverage consumption in the evening to make them less likely to want to use the bathroom during the night. Finally, it is essential to always keep the bedroom cozy, with a comfortable mattress that is conducive to restful slumber.