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Published on May 15th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria


One in Three Americans Have Sleepwalked, Study Reveals

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Sleepwalking is a sort of ill-understood, seemingly uncommon behavior, but the phenomenon may be far more common than you’d think, with high number of Americans sleepwalking at some time or another in their lives.

(Aside: I am never staying in a Vegas highrise again.) The study was a joint effort between the Arrillaga Foundation, the Bing Foundation, Neurocrines Biosciences and the US National Institutes of health, and examined the frequency of sleepwalking among 16,000 adults in 15 states. According to the study, researchers found that 29% of respondents had sleepwalked at one time or another in their lives, and 3% do it more than once a year.

For the purposes of the study, sleepwalking was defined as a range of behaviors including sleep talking and ambulating during sleep. According to Reuters Health, Maurice Ohayon, director of the Stanford Sleep Epidemiology Research Center in California and the study’s lead author, said:

“We did not know what was the prevalence of sleepwalking – as a disorder – in the general population, and that was a big problem.”

The findings were reported in the journal Neurology. Alcohol and sleeping pill use as well as OCD were some of the factors linked to higher incidence of sleepwalking.



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Kim LaCapria is a writer and editor based in New York. A longtime information junkie, she began blogging full-time at the Inquisitr in 2009. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing assistant in the cosmetics and skincare industry. In addition to her writing for fortytwotimes, she also writes for Medacity and The Inquisitr. Kim is also a contributor for SocialNewsDaily, Indyposted, and TotallyMoney. In the past, she contributed to Lipstick and Luxury and managed social media accounts and blogs for several small and mid-sized businesses.

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