What is the connection between bedwetting and sleepwalking?

Bedwetting and sleepwalking are both types of parasomnias, which are abnormal behaviors or experiences that occur during sleep. While they are two distinct phenomena, they can be connected in some cases.

Some children who sleepwalk may also wet the bed. This may be due to the fact that both bedwetting and sleepwalking are more common in children and may be related to immature bladder control and incomplete development of the brain regions that control sleep and arousal.

In addition, both bedwetting and sleepwalking have been linked to genetic factors and may run in families. Some studies have suggested that there may be a genetic predisposition to both conditions, although more research is needed to fully understand the connection.

It’s worth noting that while bedwetting and sleepwalking can sometimes co-occur, they don’t always go together. Many children who sleepwalk do not wet the bed, and vice versa.  If your child is struggling with bedwetting, it’s important to choose an appropriate treatment plan.

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