What causes sleep walking and REM sleep?

I have had sleep walking issues on and off sense i was about 6 (i’m 19 now). And i get REM sleep (rapid eye movement) a lot! I wake up almost every morning and my eyes are so dry because of that. -For those of you who don’t get what REM sleep is,it’s when you your eyes are open when you asleep and you don’t know. My eyes don’t full close while i’m sleeping. Anyway,but for the past year and half i have been getting really bad night terrors and i have been sleep walking a lot. I wake up in the weirdest places and i have woken up standing in the bathroom and in the kitchen and having no memory of how i got there. I have went to get a MRI and i got a CAT scan,the docs say nothing is wrong. I even got a EKG and it shows nothing. So can anyone tell me what night terrors,REM sleep and sleep walking are caused by?

Answer #1

REM sleep is important it’s the deepest level in sleep, It’s the time when you dream. I’d go get a sleep study done cause they can tell you everything that goes on when you sleep and figure out the best treatment :)

Answer #2

You seem to be confused about the definition of REM sleep. REM sleep is a normal stage of sleep characterized by rapid movement of the eyes (thus the name Rapid Eye Movement). It has nothing to do with open eyes. REM sleep is perfectly normal and we all experience it. There are theories behind sleep walking, I dont know if anyone has found a definitive answer.

Answer #3

hmm… when i told my eye doc about how my eyes don’t close all the way at night he said it was caused by REM sleep. I guess i missunderstood stuff. he had to give me this gel stuff that kinda glues my eye lids shut cause i have woken up many times in my sleep and my eyes were half open before i woke up. And my eyes are really dry because of it. I don’t know why my eyes do that. Sorry i guess i missunderstood the REM sleep thing.

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