Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Sleepwalking more common than first thought

Sleepwalking is much more common that experts were initially led to believe, it has been revealed.

It is thought that twice as many, or one in 25 adults suffer from the condition than was previously thought, according to a study by sleep experts in the US who thought the figure was closer to one in 50.

Nearly 30% of people have gone sleepwalking if childhood cases are including and those taking drugs for depression are much more likely to sleepwalk.

Professor of psychiatry Maurice Ohayon, who led the California study, said in The Sun: “We’re still not certain whether it’s the medical condition or the treatment that causes it.”

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