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Sleep walking (somnambulism) is a type of parasomnia and consists of a series of complex behaviors that are initiated during slow wave sleep and result in ambulation. It is considered a disorder of arousal. Treatment includes environmental precautions to keep patients safe, avoiding sleep deprivation and reassurance. Severe episodes can be treated with medications (Klonopin).
Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviors or emotions that occur while asleep or while falling asleep. They may also occur when changing from one sleep stage to another or during arousal from sleep. Sleepwalking is a type of parasomnia. Sleepwalkers arise from the deepest sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and usually carry out activities that are performed during a state of full consciousness.