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Is it dangerous to wake a sleepwalker?

  • Rousing a sleepwalking person, especially vigorously, might confuse or distress them temporarily.
  • Disoriented, they may strike out at anyone close. It is best not to be in their way.
  • Instead, it might be better to simply guide them back to bed in their sleep.
  • It is not likely that a sleepwalker, when woken up suddenly, will have a cardiac event.
  • It is no different from when a person sleeping normally is suddenly awakened by, say, a loud noise.
  • The important thing is to protect a sleepwalker from themselves.

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