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How common is sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking is not very common in the general population (estimates vary between 1 and 15 percent). It’s more common in children than in adults. Sleepwalking typically occurs if a person is sleep deprived. Sleepwalking originates during deep sleep and the person usually remains in that state throughout the episode. Sometimes it’s hard to awaken a sleepwalker, and the person may or may not recall getting out of bed.

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