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Sleep walking, sudden onset

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  • Posted By: janieruth
  • December 26, 2011
  • 03:50 PM

I have bipolar disorder, am 76 years old and have begun to sleep walk and talk. I sometimes awaken to find i am reaching for something or going somewhere on someone else's request. These events are never unpleasant. Everyone i interact with seems sweet. Of course, i am on several meds to keep stabalized moods and to insure that i sleep. I suffered from insomnia for years before i was diagnosed. My brain simply would not stop.
I am very intersted in finding an explanation for this sudden change.

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  • Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family.As we sleep, our brains pass through five stages of sleep — stages 1, 2, 3, 4, and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Together, these stages make up a sleep cycle. One complete sleep cycle lasts about 90 to 100 minutes. So a person experiences about four or five sleep cycles during an average night's sleep.PREVENTION:-Avoid the use of alcohol or central nervous system depressants if you sleepwalk.Avoid getting too tired and try to prevent insomnia, because this can trigger a sleepwalking episode.Avoid or minimize stress, anxiety, and conflict, which can worsen the condition.
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    • January 17, 2012
    • 09:14 AM
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