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How common is sleepwalking?

Sleepwalking is a common problem. Up to 30% of children will sleepwalk at some point.

Although the behaviour is more common in children, the number of adults affected is higher than previously thought.

An American study carried out in 2012 found that of 15,929 adults surveyed, 573 (3.6%) reported having at least one sleepwalking episode in the previous year.

Night terrors and nightmares

The difference between the two, and advice on what to do

Sleepwalking is walking or carrying out complexactivities while not fully awake.

It usually occurs during deep sleep, which is at a maximum during the early part of the night, so it tends to occur in the first few hours after falling asleep.

Sleepwalking can start at any age but is more common in children. Most children will grow out of it by the time they reach puberty, but in some cases the behaviour can persist into adult life.

This page explains:

  • why some people sleepwalk
  • what happens when a person sleepwalks
  • what you should do if you find someone sleepwalking
  • treating sleepwalking 
  • preventing accidents 

Why some people sleepwalk

The exact cause of sleepwalking is unknown but it seems to run in families. You’re more likely to sleepwalk if one or both of your parents have a history of sleepwalking or night terrors.

The following factors can trigger sleepwalking or make it worse:

  • sleep deprivation
  • fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • stress and anxiety
  • fever 
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • taking recreational drugs 
  • certain types of medication, such as some hypnotics
  • being startled by a sudden noise or touch and waking from deep sleep, or waking from deep sleep to pass urine 

Taking steps to prevent these triggers, such as ensuring that you get enough sleep and doing activities to relieve stress, will help. 

What happens when a person sleepwalks

Some people who sleepwalk just sit up in bed and look around, while others get out of bed and walk about, open cupboards, get dressed or eat. In extreme cases, some people have been known to walk out of the house and carry out complex activities, such as driving a car.

The person will usually have their eyes open while sleepwalking but will look straight through family members and not recognise them. However, they’re often able to manoeuvre around objects.

If you talk to a person who is sleepwalking, they may partially respond or say things that don’t make sense.

Most sleepwalking episodes don’t last longer than 10 minutes. At the end of the episode, the person may wake up or they may return to bed and go back to sleep. If woken while sleepwalking, the person will usually feel confused and won’t remember the episode.

What to do if you find someone sleepwalking

The best thing to do if you find someone sleepwalking is to make sure they’re safe. Don’t shout or startle the person so that they wake up.

Gently guide them back to bed. If undisturbed, they’ll often go back to sleep again. Sometimes, gently waking the person fully (particularly children) when they appear to be coming out of the episode, before settling them back to sleep, will prevent another episode occurring from the same deep sleep cycle.

Treating sleepwalking

There’s no specific treatment for sleepwalking, but it generally helps to try and get enough sleep and have a regular and relaxing routine before bedtime. Read more about how to establish a regular bedtime routine.

In adults, hypnotherapy is sometimes effective in treating sleepwalking. If episodes are frequent, sleep studies may be needed to rule out other sleep disorders that could be triggering the behaviours, such as obstructive sleep apnoea(OSA) or periodic leg movements in sleep often associated with restless leg syndrome (RLS).

Medication isn’t usually used to treat sleepwalking. However, it may sometimes be recommended for a few nights when an increase in the frequency of episodes is anticipated, or if a person is sleeping in an unfamiliar environment. In some cases, antidepressants may help reduce the frequency of sleepwalking episodes.

Occasional sleepwalking episodes don’t need further assessment. It’s only necessary to seek medical help if the number of sleepwalking episodes increases, or if the behaviours lead to dangerous activities which risk injury to the person sleepwalking or to others.

Preventing accidents

It’s important to keep the areas of your home where a person may sleepwalk free of breakable or potentially harmful objects, and to remove any items that they could trip over. It’s also a good idea to keep windows and doors locked.

If your child sleepwalks, don’t let them sleep on the top bed of a bunk bed. You may also want to fit safety gates at the top of the stairs.

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Bad Dog Dig
by Chaotic Life aka Curly Mer

Bad dog dig
Dig dog dig
Bad dig bad
Bad dog dig
Bad dog bad
Dog dig dog
Bad dog dig
Bad Dog

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Coming Home
by Kristine O’Connell George

Happy to see me?

Is that why you
are jumping so high,
trying to turn
inside out?

Cold Nose
Little Dog’s cold nose
is better than any

alarm clock

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Walking the Dog Seems Like Fun To Me
By Roger Stevens

Dad said, The dog wants a walk.

Mum said to Dad, It’s your turn
Dad said, I always walk the dog.
Mum said, Well I walked her this morning
Dad said, She’s your dog –
I didn’t want a dog in the first place

Mum said, It’s your turn.

Dad stood up and threw the remote control
at the pot plant
Dad said, I’m going down the pub
Mum said, Take the dog

Dad shouted, No way!
Mum shouted, You’re going nowhere!

I grabbed Judy’s lead
and we both bolted out the back door

The stars were shining like diamonds
Judy sniffed at a hedgehog, rolled up in a ball
She ate a discarded kebab on the pavement
She chased a cat up a tree

Walking the dog
seems like fun to me

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Happy Dog
By Flying Lemming

I’m a happy dog at the beach
If I had the power of speech
I would tell you all
To throw my ball
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
There are no new tricks you can teach
I’m bouncy and glad
And my tail wags like mad
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
My joy is always in reach
Whatever the talk
It’s the best place to walk
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
As I hear the seagulls screech
I chase and I bark
Long into the dark
I’m a happy dog at the beach

I’m a happy dog at the beach
And I don’t want to start to preach
But if you ask me
The best thing to see
Is a happy dog at the beach

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dog and me

I only have a group of three, 
me, my dog, my dog and me

It’s a lonely way to be, 
me, my dog, my dog and me

We are a safe with no key, 
me, my dog, my dog and me

Three to talk to two to see, 
me, my dog, my dog, and me 

Emily Guthrie

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Dogs are known to be the best friends you can ever have in the form of pets.  Take a look here at which are the best dogs for children.

When you have a child in the house, it’s always great to have a dog!  Of course when you are looking for the best dogs for children, some breeds will adapt very well around kids compared to others.  Having dogs when you have toddlers in the house gives your kids safety as well as bringing lots of fun and play to your household! Dogs usually love kids and treat them just like their own and are usually much more affectionate and caring towards them, than their owners.

Of course the whole point of having a family dog, is to give the family a sense of security, some fun and even a bit of exercise on daily walks, and in turn, owners give their dogs a loving home to stay in. Find out which are the best dogs for children below.

Best Dogs for Children and Families

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There are a few characteristics which these types of dogs should have, to be around children. Having a dog when you have toddlers around is a fun thing, but you also have to take care of them in many ways. You have to make sure, the dog breeds are not violent, aggressive or rough around the children, as this of course can be harmful.

It is also better to ensure that the dog’s shedding habits around the kitchen and the kids, (since, kids need very hygienic conditions in the earlier years) are kept to the garden. Given below are a few names of the best dogs for kids, so have a look which one you might prefer the best and I do hope that it will help you choose the perfect dog for many years to come..  Also feel free to comment at the bottom….

Golden and Labrador Retriever:

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Labrador Retrievers are very attractive and look very adorable. They are usually great with kids and have a pleasant personality around families.  They enjoy playing and love walks.  An ideal family dog and just one of the best dog breeds for children you could have…  As Labradors are very affectionate and also intelligent they can also be one of the best dogs for childrenwith autism too.   But that’s not all..  We also have….

Bichon Frise:

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These little dogs could be mistook for cotton balls, as they are tiny and soft. Bichon Frises love to play and are very active around babies.  Another one to consider when looking for the best dogs for kids..


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These dogs are just like Retrievers, only smaller in size and kinda cuter to look at.  Beagles are friendly and loving in nature and are very suitable for little children. They respond very well to training too.  This breed of dog will bring fun to any family with children.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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This is definitely one of the most popular pets in families and holds his place in the best dogs for children. They are short tailed, stocky dogs who just love romping with kids of between 6 to 7 years.


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This black and white spotted guy may look bigger than those tiny toddlers of yours, but are never a threat around them.  Dalmatians are pure lovers of human beings and can be the most trusted friends for their families. With all that energy inside them, they are one of the easiest dog breeds to have fun with!

Basset Hound

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A Basset Hound is also a great pick for children. They are very gentle, a bit dopey and sweet by nature but could get stubborn at times. They love children of all ages and can’t help getting their attention. They are also one of the best dogs for children that don’t shed and so they are probably one of the best dogs for children with allergies.

German Shepherd

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This is yet another breed we recommend in our list, a breed which is not only loyal but also extremely protective about children. If they are well trained, you don’t need to bother about leaving your kids alone with them anytime. They have a very playful nature especially around kids of a younger ages.


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How could we not mention Collies? They are the most perfect dogs that a family could ask for. They are gentle, predictable and easy to train, along with being the most easiest around children. They are also very protective about the families and love to play with kids of absolutely all ages.

Mixed-Breed Dogs:

There are many other dogs which are mix breeds and also make the most adorable family dogs one could have.  They are gentle, mostly quiet, protective and loyal and having them in the family is always great and thus, they are also the best dogs for kids. You can blindly trust many of the mix-bread dogs around your children anytime, but make sure you train them first.

With those beautiful animals to have around the house, I am sure you must now have a good idea about choices for the best dogs for your children. You can always trust these dog breeds, as they will never give up on their families and they will soon become great buddies to you and your family for a long time!

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giantsnowmanOlympia the snow woman is 122 feet, one inch high and set a new Guinness world record.

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Olympia was made by the folks of Bethel, Maine, and named after Maine senator Olympia Snowe. The snowman or to be more precise the snow woman was 122 feet, one inch high and broke the Guinness world record for the largest snowman. Olympia was built in a little over a month to build, she is dressed in a 100 foot scarf, has 27 foot evergreen trees for arms, and eyelashes made from old skis.

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The teachers jumped out of the windows.
The principal ran for the door.
The nurse and librarian bolted.
They’re not coming back anymore.

The counselor, hollering madly,
escaped out the door of the gym.
The coach and custodian shouted
and ran out the door after him.

The lunch ladies threw up their ladles,
then fled from the kitchen in haste,
while all of the students looked puzzled
as staff members scurried and raced.

We’d never seen anything like it.
But, still, it was pretty darned cool
to see all the staff so excited
to leave on the last day of school.

–Kenn Nesbitt

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I got up late for school today,
And nearly missed the bus!
I hurried down the stairs,
Wolfed my toast, and caused a fuss!

I quickly threw books in my bag,
My pens, my lunch and shorts.
Grabbed my coat from out the cupboard,
Took my bat and ball for sports.

I slid across the kitchen floor,
And hopped around the cat!
Then expertly rolled over,
Jumped back up and grabbed my hat!

I belted out of our front door,
Spun round and swung it shut.
Saw the bus was waiting for me,
I felt I had time to strut!

I climbed aboard and then froze still,
And knew that things weren’t right!
My friends fell down in fits of fun,
And pointed with delight!

My face went red, I couldn’t breathe,
For in my haste I knew!
I’d forgotten to wear trousers,
Jumper, shirt, my socks and shoes!

©2003 Gareth Lancaster

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A £60 fine if your child is late for school
Fines: Emerson Valley School Milton Keynes UK

Parents are being fined £60 each if their child turns up a few minutes late for lessons – and are being threatened with court if they fail to pay in time.

The strict measures have been introduced at one primary school where pupils are penalised if they miss registration ten times in a 12-week term.

Emerson Valley School, in Milton Keynes, says parents will get 21 days to pay their fines after which they double to £120 which has to be paid within 28 days.

It is the third school to adopt the system in the city where two penalty notices have been issued in the past year. The powers are available to any head teacher in the country but few are thought to have adopted them.

Chris McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, warned: ‘They could undermine relations between school and parents – the cornerstone of any school’s success.’

Emerson Valley, which is in special measures, said it hoped its stance would raise standards. The penalties are levied on each parent for each child who is late.

If parents refuse to pay, they could be punished in a magistrates’ court and incur more costs. But an Emerson Valley spokesman said: ‘The link between good attendance and pupils achieving well at school is clear.’

Milton Keynes Council said it had ‘a borough-wide policy in place’ although the decision on whether to use fines was left to each school. Most problems were resolved by issuing a warning letter, it added.

Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard said: ‘Children who are frequently late to school are often from chaotic family backgrounds. Taking money away from struggling parents could just make a bad situation worse.’




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This poem talks about children growing up and how we often miss it if we don’t watch really closely.

When you see a smiling face
Their happiness all over the place
Singing, laughing, cries of glee,
Come they say, Play with me
The slide, the swing, the monkey bars.
Look at them close to see who they are.
Lots of races, Ready, Set, Go.
This is how the children grow.

If you watch them everyday
You’ll see they learn as they play
They’ll do what they see, and say what they hear.
You’re their teacher though out the years.
Their ideas and thoughts in their eyes shine.
Imagination is a glimpse of their mind
When you’re not looking, don’t you know
This is when the children grow.

Watch them as they learn to walk
Listen to them when they talk
Keep them safe, away from harm
Wrap them gently within your arms
Teach them to share and how to take turns.
Set good examples from which they will learn.
At home, at school, wherever they go
This is where the children grow.

© Christy R. Dawson

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There’s a strange man

In my garden

With top hat and tails

He is looking rather pale

He’s been standing there

For some time now

Just standing and staring

And looking all around

He very often smiles

But doesn’t often frown

The squirrels and the fox’s

All adore him

As they pass by

He lifts his hand

To wave at them

And smiles to say goodnight

Thomas and Gillian Sims

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