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The Apple Doesn’t Sleepwalk Far From the Tree

Helder Almeida/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — New research reinforces the idea that the tendency to sleepwalk may be inherited.

Researchers looked at 1,940 children in Canada over 12 years to examine the relationship of “night terrors” and sleepwalking, as well as the genetic predisposition to those syndromes, in a new study published in JAMA Pediatrics.

They found that sleep terrors, which about a third of the children studied developed, reach their peak at the age of 18 months.

Of those children who developed sleep terrors, about a third went on to develop sleepwalking, which most commonly occurred when children were 10 years old, according to researchers.

The scientists turned to the parents, and when neither parent had done it, only about 1 in 5 children develop sleepwalking.

The number, however, almost tripled when both parents had a history of sleepwalking, which researchers said confirms the sleepwalking genetic, but also suggest that it may be related to night terrors as well.

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