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When should someone get help for sleepwalking?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
Almost 30% of people report sleepwalking, most as children, though 4% still take a stroll as adults. In children, sleepwalking doesn't generally signal a psychological or physical problem, but a doctor's help is usually needed for adults to determine if sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, or chronic stress prevents the deep REM sleep needed to fully restore brain function.

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