Sleepwalking itself isn't necessarily a concern, but sleepwalkers can:
July 31, 2014
- Easily hurt themselves — especially if they walk near furniture or stairs, wander outdoors, drive a car or eat something inappropriate during a sleepwalking episode
- Experience prolonged sleep disruption, which can lead to excessive daytime sleepiness and possible school or behavior issues
- Be embarrassed or experience problems with social relationships
- Disturb others' sleep
- Injure someone who is close by during the period of brief confusion immediately after waking or occasionally during the event
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