Disease Information for Sleep Walking/Somnambulism

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Clinical Manifestations
Signs & Symptoms
Insomnia
Sleep walking
Low frustration tolerance/Child
AM/exhaustion,non-refreshing sleep
Nocturnal awakenings Events Phenomenon
Demographics & Risk Factors
Established Disease Population
Patient/Migraine headache/Migraineurs
Population Group
Child
Population/Pediatrics population
Sex & Age Groups
Population/Boy patient
Population/Children/all
Population/Male
Diagnostic Test Results
Other Tests & Procedures
Test/Sleep Study Abnormal
Associated Diseases & Rule outs
Associated Disease & Complications
Migraine headache syndrome
Sleep Fragmentation
Disease Synergy - Causes
Synergy/General stress
Disease Mechanism & Classification
Class
CLASS/Benign/Constitutional/essential disorder
Process
PROCESS/Functional/physiologic (category)
Treatment
Other Treatments
TX/Constitutional/No definitive treatment
Definition

Somnambulism is one of a group of sleep disturbances known as disorders of arousal; he onset is abrupt, usually early in the night; It is characterized by coordinated activity (eg, walking, sometimes moving objects without seeming purpose) in a state of veiled consciousness; he episode is rlatively brief and ceases spontaneously; here is poor recall of the event on waking in the morning; somnambulism may be related to mental activities occurring in stages 3 and 4 of NREM sleep; incidence has been estimated at

only 2-3%, but up to 15% of cases are reported in children aged 6-16 years; Boys are affected more often than girls, and many have recurrent episodes; Psychopathologic features are rarely demonstrated, but a strong association (30%) between childhood migraine and somnambulism has been noted; eisodes of somnambulism may be triggered in predisposed children by stresses, including febrile illnesses; No treatment of somnambulism is required, and it is not necessary to seek psychiatric consultation-----------------[Adapted Current DXRX Pediatrics 2004]-------------

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