Sleepwalking is a disorder that causes people to get up and walk while they're asleep. It usually happens when a person is going from the deep stage of sleep to a lighter stage or into the awake state. The sleepwalker can't respond during the event and usually doesn't remember it. In some cases, he may talk and not make sense.
When someone sleepwalks, they might quietly walk around their room. Or they might run or attempt to "escape." Typically, the sleepwalker's eyes are open with a glassy stare as he roams the house. If you question him, he'll be slow to respond or not respond at all. When you get him back to bed without waking him up, he usually won't recall the event. Older children may wake up more easily at the end of a sleepwalking episode.
None of the control subjects had any behavioral manifestations on either of the two nights. Conversely, sleepwalkers showed a significant increase in the frequency and complexity of the somnambulistic episodes during the recovery night compared with baseline. Somnambulistic patients had a greater number of awakenings from slow-wave sleep than control subjects on both nights, but there was no significant increase during the recovery night.