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SleepwalkingWhat causes it?
Sleepwalking is most common in children, who usually grow out of it. It’s a psychological issue, and when it continues into adulthood there’s typically two factors involved. “There tends to be some sort of hereditary component – it runs in families to some extent. And for people who are more susceptible to sleepwalking, times of stress bring it on,” says Professor Jim Horne, Director of the Sleep Research Centre at Loughborough University.
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How to beat it
When sleepwalking, nobody talks – they just babble incoherently. But in order to stifle your somnambulism, a long chat is the best medicine. “Try to get at the underlying cause,” says Horne. “It’s a simple case of talking to someone close to you about what’s on your mind. Just be matter-of-fact about it and take it from there.” Still find yourself stalking the corridors by night? A ccording to a study in the Annals of Neurology, sleep deprivation significantly increases the number of sleepwalking episodes experienced by predisposed individuals. Staying up past midnight stopped being cool long ago. Get your eight hours in.
adapted from Men’s Health, Ed Vanstone
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