Sleepwalking is a very real disorder that can be dangerous to the sleepwalker and family members.

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The National Sleep Foundation says there's no "cure" for sleepwalking, but there are things you can try to help prevent the problem and keep the sleepwalker safe:

  • Get more rest. A major trigger of sleepwalking is sleep deprivation.
  • Avoid alcohol and any medications that tend to trigger sleepwalking episodes.
  • Create a consistent and relaxing bedtime routine.
  • Make sure the sleep environment is safe. For example, don't allow a child who sleep walks to sleep in a bunk bed.
  • Keep doors and windows locked, keep any sharp or breakable objects far from the bed, and place gates above stairways.

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