Ashwin Gowda, MD -  - Sleep Medicine Specialist

Texas Sleep Medicine

Ashwin Gowda, MD

Sleep Medicine Specialist located in South Austin, Austin, TX

Sleep Walking Specialist

Dr. Gowda and his team at Texas Sleep Medicine help adults and children from in and around Austin, Texas to control sleep walking.
    1. "Dr. Gowda is a pleasure to work with. He and his team are knowledgable and friendly."

    2. Piper S Google

    1. "The staff was great, very professional and welcoming."

    2. MJ C. Yelp

    1. "I drive from Round Rock to see Dr. Gowda, and I wouldn't change it for a minute."

    2. Azure A. Yelp

Sleep Walking Q & A

What is Somnambulism/Sleep Walking?

Somnambulism, better known as sleepwalking, is a sleep disorder that causes involuntary complex body movements during a deep stage of sleep. Other than walking, patients often perform involuntary tasks such as sitting at the edge of the bed or talking, all while being unconscious. Though this disorder mainly affects children, adults can also develop this disorder if they are stressed or sleep deprived, putting a strain on healthy sleeping patterns and everyday life.

What Causes Sleep Walking?

Sleepwalking in children is linked to the brain’s inability to control sleep and wake cycles. This occurs because of an arousal caused by non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. Some common causes of the sleepwalking disorder can include:

  • Lack of Sleep or Fatigue
  • Insufficient Sleep Caused by Sleep Apnea
  • Severe Anxiety
  • High Fever
  • Noisy Sleeping Environments
  • Family History of Sleepwalking
  • Medications Containing Phenothiazines, Chloral Hydrate, or Lithium

Some of the Most Common Symptoms Include:

  • Sitting Upright or on the Edge of the Bed While Asleep
  • Acting Confused or Distorted When Waking Up
  • Aggressive Behavior When Being Woken Up
  • Sleep Talking
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety

How Is This Disorder Diagnosed?

The disorder can be diagnosed by administering an electroencephalogram (EEG) on a patient to analyzes abnormal sleep patterns. The EEG is placed on the scalp of the patient using wires, and a computer records brain abnormal wavelength while the patient sleeps in a controlled environment. If there are significant irregularities in brain activity during sleep, paired with physical symptoms, a patient can have an accurate diagnosis.

How Is Somnambulism Treated?

There is no direct treatment for this disorder, however, improving sleep hygiene and making recommended changes can help correct the disorder. Addressing existing conditions like obstructive sleep apnea, seizures, restless leg syndrome, and insomnia can help reduce the reoccurrence of this disorder. A doctor may recommend sleep medications or sedatives that prevent patients from performing hazardous tasks during rest.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept plans from the following providers, please contact our office to determine whether your specific plan is accepted. This list may be subject to change.

Averde Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Galaxy Healthcare PPO
Interplan Health Group PPO

Words from our patients

  • Google+

    "The overnight testing was done carefully and professionally. Overall I had a very good experience."

    David T.
  • Yelp

    "TSM seemed to have a deeper understanding and broader offering of medications than any other Doc I saw, and I only wish I had started out with them"

    J. H.
  • Yelp

    "I've been seeing Dr. Gowda and Monique for at least 5 years, and I have only positive things to say about them."

    Margaret S.
  • Yelp

    " would definitely recommend TSM to anyone seeking treatment for Sleep Apnea or other sleep disorders. Thanks Dr. G!"

    Paz S.
Texas Sleep Medicine
1221 West Ben White Boulevard, Suite A-100
South Austin

Austin, TX 78704
Phone: 512-440-5757
Fax: 512-440-5858
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