(PHOENIX, AZ) September, 2012 – Sleepwalk With Me is based on the true story of a comedian who becomes so stressed over his stalled career and pressure to marry his longtime girlfriend that he starts to sleepwalk. It drew big laughs at Sundance and won the audience award

But, the movie, currently playing at Harkins Camelview 5 in Scottsdale, should also serve as a wake- up call.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleepwalking is much more common in kids than adults and more likely to occur if you’re sleep deprived. Symptoms range from sitting up in bed to walking around the house and even driving long distances. The Sleep Foundation estimates between 1 and 15 percent of us sleepwalk. Children between 3 and 7 years old and those who wet the bed have a higher prevalence for sleepwalking.

Valley Sleep Center owner Lauri Leadley is available to discuss who is at risk, how to cope and treatment options.

Sleepwalking Facts from the National Sleep Foundation

  • Symptoms may include sleeptalking, little or no memory of the event, and difficulty arousing the sleepwalker during an episode
  • Children usually outgrow sleepwalking, especially as the amount of deep sleep decreases
  • Sleep deprivation often contributes to sleepwalking, along with alcohol and certain medications
  • Creating a safe environment is key to preventing injury during episodes

 

About Valley Sleep Center

Since 2002, Valley Sleep Center has provided Arizona with diagnostic sleep disorder testing in a home-like atmosphere, ensuring a comfortable, relaxing experience for patients.  Their physicians are Board Certified Sleep Medicine Specialists and they are accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. They provide diagnostic testing for a multitude of sleep related disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, snoring, excessive daytime sleepiness, hypertension, sleepwalking, and pediatric sleep problems. www.valleysleepcenter.com