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Debunking Sleep Myths: Should You Wake a Sleepwalker?

Conventional wisdom says no, but sometimes it’s the only way to handle a dangerous situation. Learn how to negotiate this tricky scenario. Between one and 15 percent of the population experiences occasional sleepwalking. It usually occurs during the first part of the night during NREM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep, when the muscles are not paralyzed like they during REM sleep, allowing people to move about while not being conscious of their actions. If you live with someone who sleepwalks, you know how surreal it can be and you may be unsure how best to handle it. After all, urban legend suggests that waking a sleepwalker could cause a heart attack, coma, or even brain damage….

How to Safely Wake a Sleepwalker

If you must wake a sleepwalker, here’s how to do it safely Somewhere between one and 15 percent of people are sleepwalkers, and children are more commonly affected than adults. If you’re one of them, check on this article on how to prevent it from happening. If, however, you live with someone who sleepwalks, you might (appropriately!) be concerned about the person’s safety, so you may wonder what you should do if you catch the person in the act. You may have heard that it’s not safe to wake someone who is actively sleepwalking, but that’s not always the case. Although it’s important to recognize that waking someone who is actively sleepwalking can be…

Sleepwalking: How to Stop it

Simple steps that can put an end to a dangerous condition Unless you’ve ever experienced sleep walking yourself, it can be tough to understand how scary it feels to know that you transported yourself somewhere new without ever waking up. And if you have sleep walked, then you know how eager you can be to put an end to it as fast as possible. There are many different reasons why sleep walking happens, and the important thing is to talk to your doctor to discuss different treatment options. As part of your treatment, you might spend time in a sleep lab being observed so that the specialists can learn why you might be sleep walking….

Sleepwalking: Why It Happens

Learn the reasons why you might roam the house while sound asleep. It used to be that people thought sleepwalkers were either acting out their dreams or their secret desires. But, in fact, sleepwalking (also called somnambulism) is a disorder of arousal, where the brain is triggered to rouse the body while in a deep sleep. Sleepwalking Basics Simply put, the disorder causes people to get out of bed and move around while they’re still asleep. They might quietly creep about the house, run through the home urgently, or even climb out a window, or walk out a door. Their eyes are open and glassy, and if you ask them questions, they may respond very slowly or…

Soldiers and Sleep: The Military's Shifting Stance

Views on shuteye among our armed forces are evolving for the better. When it comes to sleep, the U.S. military is adopting a new attitude. Today’s law of the land includes commander-developed sleep plans to help soldiers perform to the best of their abilities, remain safe, and possibly avoid mental health issues down the road. In fact, the Army has implemented a plan called the Performance Triad—a focus on sleep, as well as physical fitness and proper nutrition—to “improve readiness and increase resilience through public health initiatives and leadership engagement.” Science is on the military’s side: Getting fewer than eight hours of sleep puts soldiers and their companions at the same risk as if they had…

Soothing Sounds for the Bedroom

Four types of light noises that’ll help you fall asleep in no time Often, a little background noise in the bedroom can help when it comes to falling asleep. But picking the right kind is essential—because what works for your best friend may not work for you. When determining which type of sound is best, try one at a time for a few nights. A few that are worth trying include: White Noise: This is a combination of all noise frequencies, and it helps mask outside sounds. In fact, it’s sometimes used to treat insomnia patients. To generate white noise in…