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When to Seek Medical Care
For children and adults, sleepwalking is usually a sign of lack of sleep, intense emotional problems, stress, or fever. As these conditions resolve, sleepwalking incidences disappear.
In most cases, no treatment is necessary because sleepwalking rarely indicates any serious underlying medical or psychiatric problem.
In most children, sleepwalking disappears at puberty. However, it can occasionally persist into adulthood or may even begin in adulthood.
Consult a sleep specialist if the person is having frequent episodes, injuring himself or herself, or showing violent behavior.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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