Sleepwalking Safety Tips
If your child or loved one has gone on a sleepwalking adventure even only one time, then it’s time to act. Don’t wait until they’ve wandered out of the house or injured themselves – be proactive! Some basic safety tips include:
- The most effective way to safeguard your sleepwalker and his or her family is to immediately install simple and very affordable alarms on both your bedroom doors and windows. As shown on the Sleepwalking Alarms page, there are a wide variety of sleepwalking alarms and related products at various price points that can easily protect your sleepwalker.
- Safeguard your sleepwalker’s environment by keeping their bedroom floor clear of all toys, clothing, furniture, benches, electrical cords, clutter and other objects that they can easily trip over. Ensure that mirrors are safely attached to the walls. Also, cover up all sharp corner edges on dressers, desks and other furniture.
- If your partner sleepwalks, slide their side of the bed over against the wall so that they have to crawl over you in order to get out of bed. That way you will serve as the first line of defense the minute your sleepwalker is on the move.
- Don’t let your sleepwalker sleep on the top bunk bed. When my son was young he climbed out of his bunk bed and fell on top of the adjacent dresser and cut his forehead slightly on a trophy.
- Install alarms or locks on your glass windows to keep your sleepwalker from opening and possibly falling out of the window. Also keep heavy drapes over the glass windows to help prevent injury from broken glass.
- Install a children’s safety gate at both the top and bottom of the stairs so your sleepwalker doesn’t trip and fall down the stairs. This will also allow you more time to hear your sleepwalker moving around.
- Have your sleepwalker sleep in a ground floor bedroom if possible to avoid falling out of a window.
- Keep all kitchen knives, tools, and other sharp objects out of sight or safely locked away.
- Keep all detergents, cleaners, dangerous chemicals, poisons, or other harmful liquids the sleepwalker may mistake for orange juice or milk safely locked away up stored in a cabinet.
- Keep all medicines, pills, etc. locked away or out of reach.
- An obvious no-brainer – store all firearms away in a locked safe!
- Ever hear of “sleepdriving”? Hide those car keys!
- Keeping a dark bedroom may help your sleepwalker get a restful night’s sleep.
- Install an additional dead-bolt lock up high on the door.
- Sleep in a sleeping bag! It will be harder to get out of than blankets.
- If you have a swimming pool, install an alarm on your pool gate.
- If you are traveling and sleeping in an unfamiliar setting, assume that you will sleepwalk and bring the appropriate alarms to secure the door and windows.
- Sleep deprivation and sleep disruption are two of the main causes for sleepwalking. Ensure that your sleepwalker is getting adequate sleep and is not suffering from sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. Consult with a professional medical specialist to address the underlying causes of your sleepwalking.