Sleepwalking on command

Patient asleep in a clinical setting during a sleep study
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A study funded by the SNSF looked at the brain activity of sleepwalkers. It helps us understand what determines the sleepwalkers’ level of consciousness during these episodes.

A team from the Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois (CHUV) was able to trigger sleepwalking episodes in patients. The study, conducted by Francesca Siclari – a neurologist funded by the SNSF – measured the brain activity associated with this sleep disorder, which affects 2-3% of adults. The results show that dreams and particular sleep phases influence the degree of consciousness during the episodes. This work has been published in the journal Nature Communications (*).

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