Sleepwalking — also known as somnambulism — is a sleep disorder in which sleepers arise from their sleep and perform activities such as walking, sitting up, cleaning, cooking and driving. Sleepwalking in children may be attributed to a delay in maturation. Sleepwalking is also a hereditary trait; children with a parent who has sleepwalked are 45 percent more likely to do the same, and those with two parents who were affected are 60 percent more likely to sleepwalk.
Sleepwalking events are common between 4-8 years old, and usually decrease as the child enters adolescence and adulthood.
A good sleep schedule and plenty of sleep is recommended to avoid sleep walking. Sleep medicine treatments are also available for sleepwalkers.