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I got a question about sleep-walking -- Is it dangerous? Is it dangerous to wake a sleep-walker?

We have people here who sleep walk for an entire 8-hour day, but we still love them, and are reassured by the fact that they are generally not in danger.

Dr. Mark Mahowald of Stanford University tells LiveScience that while it would not hurt to wake a sleep-walker, it is often difficult to do so and the best thing you can do is direct them back to bed.

The doctor says that between 1 and 15 percent of people in the United States sleep-walk -- And almost all children had sleep-walking episodes.

For that, I called PinnacleHealth's Dr. Chiamaka Onyewuchi.

The doctor says sleepwalking children in itself is not dangerous. The doctor says sleepwalking usually occurs during the first 1/3 of the night, with a peak occurrence in children between the ages of 8 and 12.

It occurs infrequently, about once or twice a month. Parents should make the environment safe as far as furniture is concerned, but should not restrain or wake the child up because it may disturb them.

The doctor suggests that parents could wake the child up about 15 to 20 minutes before their usual skeep-walking time.

Most cases will spontaneously resolve themselves over one to 2 years.

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