Sleepwalking is a rare phenomenon. About 15% of the 5 to 12-year-olds were already affected by sleepwalking. However, until puberty, the proportion drops drastically and at adult age, this form of sleep disturbance hardly occurs. What is behind it and how does one behave when meeting a sleepwalker? The phenomenon of sleepwalking belongs to the so-called parasonies. This refers to abnormal events during sleep or at the threshold between being awake and sleeping. Sleepwalking behavior is complex. A simple sitting up, what is called a "confused waking up" or a walk through the apartment can occur.When you wake up, you usually can not remember anything.
The "sleepwalking security"
There is a widespread belief that the sleepwalking person can orient himself well and does not usually endanger himself. Research, however, prove the opposite. The coordination of movements is extremely bad. Often the sleepwalker stumbles or starts to waver.
Running straight ahead is one of the biggest dangers. Despite open eyesight, the sleepwalker does not see if anything is moving towards him. Obstacles can cause him injuries. In addition, there is a risk of falling, because the sleepwalker does not notice when his path ends.
How should one behave when meeting a sleepwalker?
A sleepwalker is usually unresponsive. If he gives an answer, he articulates badly. One should try to direct the sleepwalker back to his bed. It is important to avoid waking him up. Otherwise he would be scared and disturbed by his current situation.
In case of danger he would probably react wrongly out of fright. In the rarest cases it happens that a sleepwalker becomes palpable. When returning the sleeper, it is only important to protect him from himself.
Does the moon play a role in sleepwalking?
Sleepwalking is also referred to as "moonlighting." In fact, the sleepwalker tends to orient itself at a light source, which may be the moon or any other light. Today, the moon probably no longer plays such a large role he, in a usual residential area, is one light among many.