Study: Kids may be more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also did

TIME reports that a study published online in JAMA Pediatrics suggests that children appear to be “more likely to sleepwalk if their parents also did.” After examining “sleep data for 1,940 kids whose history of sleepwalking and sleep terrors (episodes of screaming and fear while falling asleep) as well as their parents sleepwalking were reported through questionnaires,” researchers found that “over 60% of kids who developed somnambulism had parents who were both sleepwalkers.”

CNN reports that the study also “found that as many as a third of the children who had early childhood sleep terrors became sleepwalkers later.” In the children studied, “most sleep terrors occurred between ages 36 months and five years old, but they can happen all the way to age 13.”

HealthDay reports that “only 23 percent of kids whose parents didn’t sleepwalk developed the disorder,” while “about 47 percent of those with one sleepwalking parent went on to be sleepwalkers.”

Medical Daily quotes the study’s conclusion, which reads, “These findings point to a strong genetic influence on sleepwalking and, to a lesser degree, sleep terrors.”

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