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often very exaggerated in works of fiction, the somnambulism crises are an sleeping disorder whose causes and exact effects are finally quite little known to the general public. In the general spirit, a somnambulus must be out of its torpor under any pretext . Is it only true?

What does somnambulism?

First of all, it is important to define somnambulism. The Sleep Foundation defines it as an " behavior disorder that occurs during deep sleep and translates into a step or the execution of complex actions ".

Somnambulism particularly affects children aged 2 to 13 (up to 29% by the body), but can also concern 4% of adults. A person doing a somnambulism crisis is thus capable of sitting, walking even to speak in a relatively coherent way while it is still in a state of half-sleep.

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As the somnambulist can leave bed without even realizing it and without even having memories of its actions after its awakening, these crises can represent a real danger of fall, defenetration, etc.

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This danger is real, should we still stop a somnambule? For Dr. De Volder, who was interviewed by the Gael site, awaken a somnambule is obviously not dangerous.

According to him, this so-called danger is an " urban legend ". According to him:

" You can wake it up, but it's just not helpful. You can try to talk to him calmly, without wake up. There is a way to be heard. But the somnambules returning most of the time in their bed alone. "

Conclusion, most of these crises are without consequence. But if you fall on a nose to face with a potentially endangered sleepwalker, do not hesitate to intervene!

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