AQA PSYA3 - Biological Rhythms - Sleepwalking


Sleepwalking is a parasomnia - an event during sleep that doesn't result in daytime tiredness.

It often runs in families suggesting a genetic component and usually occurs in the deeper NREM sleep stages early in the night. While sleepwalking, people can carry out quite complicated tasks such as making a cup of tea and have no recollection of the events when they wake up.

It affects 15% of children and 3% of adults



  • Acting out conflicts repressed into the unconscious; returning to a safe place from childhood. 
  • This would suggest that they are acting…


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