Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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What Causes Sleep Walking



Sleep walking can be caused by many different factors. Finding out what triggers your sleep walking can really help protect yourself and those around you. Sleep walking occurs more often in identical twins, and is ten times more likely to happen if a relative has a history of sleepwalking. Sleep deprivation and stress have also been linked to sleep walking, as have medical conditions such as an abnormal heart rhythm, asthma, psychiatric disorders and fevers. Other medical conditions that have been linked to sleep walking include obstructive sleep apnea, gastro-esophageal reflux, and seizures. In some cases medications that help induce sleep may cause episodes of sleep walking. Another possible contributor to sleep walking is alcohol; individuals who suffer from a sleep disorder that involves sleep walking should avoid drinking alcohol.

Regardless of what is causing your sleep walking, make sure your doctor is aware of your sleep walking and you should be able to manage it and any other symptoms and side effects of your sleep disorder.  

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