Thursday, 2 February 2012

Medications and sleepwalking

Zolpidem - and other sleeping pills may be associated with sleepwalking, sleep-eating and other unwanted behaviours. I'm interested in the stories anyone may have concerning any psychoactive pill.

Sodium oxybate

SSRI's (serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or similar compounds) - these sometimes work as treatments, but may also cause somnambulism or sleepwalking. Again, I'm interested in any user experiences.

Also, probably more rare - anti-hypertensives, blood pressure control pills?


Sunday, 29 January 2012

What is adult sleepwalking? (wip)

I consider "sleepwalking" as an umbrella-term covering all kinds of unwanted behaviours involving physical activity during sleep (sleeptalking is quite different). The kind of sleepwalking that occurs in children is often associated with deep sleep and that kind of sleepwalking can also extend into adulthood. (We don't know how many adults sleepwalk because unless it happens very often or unless it leads the sleepwalker into trouble then it it goes unreported). The other main kind is REM Behaviour Disorder.  This is associated with dreaming during REM sleep when the sleeper enacts their dream (usually the muscles are paralysed during REM but this paralysis fails to happen in REM Behaviour Disorder. It used to be thought that the REM disorder occurred mainly in older men (often ultimately, though not necessarily leading to Parkinson's) but it is now emerging that it can occur earlier and more widely than first thought. Both of these disorders can lead to complex episodes.

Night Terrors  occur in deep sleep.

Nocturnal epilepsy may also cause behaviours though generally the behaviours tend to be quite simple and repetitive.

More to come ...

Sleepwalking experiences ..


Have you ever walked in your sleep? Or dreamed that you were doing something and found that you actually were? I'm interested in your experiences. I'm mainly interested in adults 18+ but to start with anyone can write in.

Describe what happened?
Does it happen often?
What time of night does it happen?
How long has an episode lasted?
Was alcohol involved?
Or drugs?
Does it run in the family?
Did you do it as a child?
What sparked it off as an adult?

The longer the more the complex the more I'm interested?
For those needing help let me know if you want some help pages set up

Here's a form to make it easier to answer the questions

(I'm a UK sleep researcher who also does medico-legal work - more info - you can also 'contact' me through that site.)