How to Wake and Stop a Sleepwalker


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Waking someone who is sleepwalking can be dangerous, but allowing a sleepwalker to roam about a room filled with sharp objects or to jump into the driver’s seat of a vehicle is what’s really hazardous.

The lesson: Stop sleepwalkers and get them back to bed. How? Gently turn them around and make sure they return to the bedroom safely. If they resist, stay with them and help them avoid perilous objects and situations. If you must awaken them, do so with loud noises rather than by shaking or touching them roughly.

How to Stop Sleepwalking

If you (or your partner or child) sleepwalk, here are some steps to take:

  • Start by focusing on your sleep habits and creating a routine for going to bed and getting up at about the same time each day.
  • Make sure to have a “power-down hour” before hitting the pillow. Find ways to unwind from the day. Try a warm bath and light reading.
  • Create a safe environment, especially for sleepwalking children. Remove sharp objects, lock doors and windows, and install gates on stairways.
  • A door alarm can often be helpful.
  • Ask your doctor about other options if the problem persists.