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Sleepwalking: Tests and Diagnosis

What tests are used to diagnose sleepwalking?

Often hand-written “sleep logs” filled out by families are used to track sleep and sleepwalking. Tests are not typically needed unless other sleep disorders are suspected.

How do providers at Children’s Hospital Colorado make a diagnosis?

The most important part of diagnosing sleepwalking is talking with the family to get a thorough sleep history. This conversation usually takes place through one of the sleep clinics with a physician or nurse practitioner specializing in assessing and treating sleep disorders. These medical providers may also recommend further evaluations to fully explore all possible contributions to the sleepwalking.