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Parental history of sleepwalking increases children's risk for sleepwalking, sleep terrors

May 5, 2015

Parental history of sleepwalking was a significant predictor of sleepwalking and sleep terrors among children, according to study findings in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Since most studies on the familial aggregation of sleepwalking and sleep terrors were either conducted retrospectively or in a small sample of probands and none was longitudinal in nature, the aims of the present study were to assess the prevalence of sleepwalking and sleep terrors during childhood in a large retrospective longitudinal sample of children … and assess the degree of association between parental history of sleepwalking and presence of sleep terrors and somnambulism in children,” study researcher Dominique Petit, PhD, of the Center for Advanced Research in Sleep Medicine, in Montreal, Canada, and colleagues wrote.

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