Apr 27, 2016
How To Keep Your Sleepwalking Loved One Safe
Sleepwalking is a behavioural disorder that can cause its sufferers to do more than just walk in their sleep. Its various behaviours may include opening cupboards and drawers either aimlessly or to prepare some sort of snack/meal, sitting up and staring around a room, and even driving in extreme cases!
The behaviour is not as uncommon as one might imagine. In fact, 1 in 5 people have experienced sleepwalking as children and simply outgrew it in adulthood.
When sleepwalking episodes come to pass, the person doing it typically doesn’t even remember any of it, so it’s best to do as much as possible to ensure their safety.
Here are a few tips that we hope will keep your sleepwalker safe (none of which should be considered medical advice – talk to your doctor to find out what’s best for you and your family):
Observe Their Habits
As sleepwalkers can still perform routine tasks such as getting dressed and eating, it is important to understand the sleepwalking habits of your loved one. What do they do, and where do they go in the house?
If you already own a home security system, it can double in helping you uncover the sleepwalking routine of your loved one. Piper, for example, can alert you and record a video clip any time motion or loud noise is detected in the night, giving you the chance to keep a protective eye over your loved one in real-time.
Minimize Safety Hazards
When it comes to sleepwalking, injury prevention is key. Avoid future accidents by removing possible threats in the environment like sharp objects, knives, or guns. Consider installing gates at the entrance of staircases, and be sure to stow away car, garage, and storage room keys. It is also extremely important that your sleepwalker remains inside the house. For this reason, ensure all doors and windows are properly locked and consider investing in door/window sensors that can alert you when they’ve been open or closed.
Lastly, carefully guide your loved one back to their bedroom. Refrain from shaking them or speaking loudly in hopes of waking them up, as startling them could do more harm than good.
Do you have a sleepwalker in your household? Share any tips that have helped you in our comments section down below!