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Sleepwalkers don’t feel pain during sleep

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  • Parasomnias
  • sleepwalking
  • pain

By Lynn Celmer  |  Nov 05, 2015
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A new study shows that sleepwalkers tend to feel no pain while walking during sleep. As a result they stay asleep even when injured.

The study involved 100 sleepwalkers. They had an average age of 30 years.

Results show that sleepwalkers were sensitive to pain while awake. They were nearly 4 times more likely to have a history of headaches. They were 10 times more likely to report having migraines.   

But they often had no pain perception while sleepwalking. Forty-seven sleepwalkers reported having at least one sleepwalking episode with an injury. Only 10 reported waking up right away due to pain. The other 37 felt no pain during the episode, but felt pain later in the night or in the morning.

Sleepwalking is a type of parasomnia. A parasomnia involves undesired events that come along with sleep. Sleepwalking occurs when you get up from bed and walk around even though you are still asleep. It can also involve a series of other complex actions.

Learn more about the study in the journal Sleep: Pain in Sleepwalking: A Clinical Enigma.

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