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Pediatric Sleep Terrors May Lead to Sleepwalking Later in Life

CNN Health reports a study published in JAMA Pediatrics which found that children who suffer from sleep terrors are more likely to become sleepwalkers later on. Observing close to 2,000 children over a 12-year period, researchers found that as many as one-third of the children who experienced night terrors during early childhood ended up becoming sleepwalkers. Additionally, 47.4 percent of children with a sleepwalking parent were also sleepwalkers, suggesting the condition runs in families. The only “cure” is prevention in these situations. It is important to make sure the child is not overly stressed, overtired or over-scheduled. One doctor suggests a calming bedtime ritual to help the child relax and calm down before going to sleep.

Read the article published by CNN Health.

Read the study published in JAMA Pediatrics.