30% of U.S. adults have sleepwalked at least once in their life, and 3.6% are actually prone to wandering around the house in their sleep, a far higher proportion than previously thought, HealthDay News reports of a study from Stanford University School of Medicine. Find out the ideal amount of sleep. If you sleep more or less than this, it will actually "age" your brain. Nearly 30% reported having sleepwalked at least once in their lifetime. In addition, nearly one-third of the 3.6% who had done so within the previous year said they sleepwalked twice or more each month. It appears to run in families. Some of the predictors, but not causes, of sleepwalking are:
  • Nearly one-third of those who have sleepwalked at least once in the past year report having family members who do the same thing.
  • Those who have experienced depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder are 3.5 times and 3.9 times more likely to sleepwalk, respectively, than people without these psychiatric conditions.
  • People who take antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are three times more likely to sleepwalk twice a month or more.
  • Those who take over-the-counter sleeping pills have a higher chance of sleepwalking at least twice a month.


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