Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Adult Sleepwalking May Be Genetic Disorder

Date:
April 22, 2002
Source:
American Academy Of Neurology
Summary:
Adult sleepwalking differs from childhood sleepwalking, and it may have a genetic component, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s 54th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., April 13-20, 2002. The study found that adult sleepwalking has a genetic component related to the genetically determined element of the immune system called the HLA system.

DENVER, CO – Adult sleepwalking differs from childhood sleepwalking, and it may have a genetic component, according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology’s 54th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., April 13-20, 2002. The study found that adult sleepwalking has a genetic component related to the genetically determined element of the immune system called the HLA system.

The study was based on the 74 patients who were diagnosed with adult sleepwalking over 30 years at the University Hospital in Bern, Switzerland.

Genetic testing for HLA was performed on 16 patients. Of those, 50 percent had the HLA DQB1*05 genetic susceptibility, compared to 24 percent of healthy people who were tested.

More than childhood sleepwalking, adult sleepwalking is associated with potentially dangerous activities. In this study, 32 percent of patients reported violent incidents occurring while sleepwalking and 19 percent reported injuries occurring while sleepwalking. The researchers believe that adult sleepwalking may overlap with another sleep disorder, called REM sleep behavior disorder.

“Normally, REM, or rapid eye movement, sleep is accompanied physiologically by paralysis, which protects us from acting out our dreams,” said study author and neurologist Claudio Bassetti, MD, of the University of Switzerland in Zurich. “In people with REM sleep behavior disorder, this paralysis doesn’t occur normally.”

In the study, 25 percent of the patients had increased muscle activity during REM sleep.

Researchers reviewed the records of all 74 patients. For 43 patients, they conducted interviews, questionnaires and tests of brain waves while awake. They also conducted sleep tests in 53 patients.

Sleepingwalking had been occurring since childhood in 58 percent of the patients. For 24 percent of the patients, other family members were also sleepwalkers.

Many of the patients also had other health issues. Twenty-three percent had mental health issues and seven percent abused alcohol. Of the 53 patients tested, 11 had sleep apnea.

"Treating these other issues may also help improve or resolve the sleepwalking," Bassetti said. A neurologist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Academy Of Neurology. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Academy Of Neurology. "Adult Sleepwalking May Be Genetic Disorder." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 April 2002. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020422073829.htm>.
American Academy Of Neurology. (2002, April 22). Adult Sleepwalking May Be Genetic Disorder. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020422073829.htm
American Academy Of Neurology. "Adult Sleepwalking May Be Genetic Disorder." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2002/04/020422073829.htm (accessed July 24, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Newsy (July 24, 2014) Sheik Umar Khan has treated many of the people infected in the Ebola outbreak, and now he's become one of them. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

AFP (July 24, 2014) America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
China's Ageing Millions Look Forward to Bleak Future

China's Ageing Millions Look Forward to Bleak Future

AFP (July 24, 2014) China's elderly population is expanding so quickly that children struggle to look after them, pushing them to do something unexpected in Chinese society- move their parents into a nursing home. Duration: 02:07 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins