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Sleepwalking is known as somnambulism. It's classified as an abnormal behavior during sleep that's disruptive.
The handbook for mental health professionals, the DSM-IV, defines sleepwalking by the following criteria:
During the first third of sleep, your body is in non-REM - your deepest stage of sleep. Your brain quiets down and you aren't dreaming. Your body is active, and you tend to toss and turn.
People usually sleepwalk during the first third of their sleep pattern. Sleepwalking episodes can last from a few seconds to half an hour. Sleepwalkers can perform many activities, from walking around to driving a car or playing an instrument.
People used to think that sleepwalkers acted out their dreams. However, sleepwalking occurs during the deepest stages of sleep when you are not dreaming.
In the arts, sleepwalking is linked to blood, danger, the occult, and loss of control.
Sleepwalking isn't the only parasomnia.
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People who sleepwalk usually are advised to keep their room safe by locking windows and doors, and to maintain what’s called good sleep hygiene: keep to a regular sleep routine, turn mobile phones off, avoid stimulants, and so on. Sleepwalking can often occur as a result of poor or disrupted sleep.
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