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How to Manage Sleepwalking
Sleepwalking is a very odd condition that some people have. While your sleeping, your body can have such realistic dreams that can cause you to sleepwalk. Try pretending that you are a sleepwalker for example, you go to bed thinking you are going to wake up in the same place as you did when you fell asleep. In reality, you actually wake up somewhere else. In some odd cases, it can be outside. Your eyes might be open or closed. You may say things that don't make sense or say it in a different language. The human brain while it is asleep, is very interesting.
Never wake up a sleepwalker. This is rule #1 because you don't know what can happen. What if they had something in their hand and you didn't know? It's an accident waiting to happen.
Lock all the doors and windows. I had to mention this because of that fact that people have been found outside while sleep walking. You don't know what you are going to do and it just happens until you wake up.
How do you get a sleepwalker back to bed? Well, it can be complicated but it can be done. Talk to the sleep walker and ask them do they want to go back to bed? If they say no, just slowly lure them back to bed by saying it's time to go to bed. If they say yes, then do the same thing. If they don't speak at all, then try to do the same thing.
What if they wake up? Try and not to stand close to a sleep walker. They may wake up and start being crazy or wonder where they are. Just quietly explain to them that they were sleep walking.
Hide sharp objects. Yes, it's gunna be time to hide the kitchen knifes or any other sharp objects that aren't just laying around on the courter. You may need to start baby proofing the house as well with locks on the drawers and cupboards.
Hide the car keys. It is possible to drive while you are sleep walking. Make the keys a little bit difficult to get to.
Talk to your doctor. You doctor may be able to prescribe you a medication that can help you stay asleep. They may also want to run some tests, but it would be worth it.
Children are most common than adults to sleep walk. Make sure the child is not sleeping in a bunk bed or something that can cause them to fall and break an arm. Keep all the floors clean of items, so they can't trip.
Sleep walking can make you very tired and stressed. More stress can cause more sleeping walking. Make sure when you sleep you are very comfortable. Always go to the bathroom before bed. This can help eliminate the reasons why your body and mind would cause you to sleepwalk.
Do you sleepwalk?
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