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Sleep Walking


Did you know that about 15 percent of children between the ages of six and 16 are sleepwalkers? It can be alarming for parents to see their child wandering around, apparently awake, but unresponsive. In most cases, sleepwalking is harmless and not associated with daytime behavior problems - though stress can be a trigger for sleepwalking. Children usually begin their nighttime rambles within two to three hours of falling asleep. They may stumble, or walk hesitantly. Usually young sleepwalkers wander aimlessly around their rooms, but they may also get dressed, open doors, or go downstairs and raid the refrigerator. There’s no need to wake a sleepwalker. In fact, if you do wake a sleepwalking child, he’s very likely to be disoriented and distressed. Instead, protect him from falling and gently guide him back to bed. Amazingly, he will wake in the morning with no memory of his nighttime adventures.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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