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Sleep-walking (somnambulism)

Getting up, walking and performing sometimes quite complicated tasks while asleep, in a state of lowered consciousness, or without being conscious at all. Like nail-biting, bed-wetting and persistent thumb-sucking, sleep-walking is called a ‘childhood neurosis symptom’, because it generally implies psychological problems. It frequently occurs in children between the ages of 8 and 12, more often than the average in some families. If precautions are taken against potential nocturnal dangers (by locking windows, putting a gate at the top of the stairs, etc.) the condition is not serious, and treatment is not usually necessary. Contrary to general opinion it is not dangerous to wake sleep-walkers or to take them gently back to bed.

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