How do I know I'm at risk for sleepwalking?

My mom sometimes sleepwalks and I haven't experienced any signs of it yet. Am I at risk for sleepwalking in the future? Also, is sleepwalking genetic?

Doctors Answers (2)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 10/29/2013

Sleepwalking could be genetic. However, you should alert anyone you live with and/or your bed partner to be aware of this possibility. Items misplaced or moved upon awakening are one of the signs that could alert you of nocturnal behavior.

J. Douglas Hudson, MD, DABSM
Answered on: 10/3/2013

Sleepwalking does often run in families and, therefore, is presumably genetic in some cases. However, I know of no genetic studies of gene testing which can be used to identify your risk.