Daily Stress: Stress at home, at work, or other mental fatigue, including medical conditions, the death of a loved one, or financial strain can also trigger sleepwalking, especially if the individual has a genetic predisposition for it.
Of the three types of insomnia, chronic insomnia is the type that can last for years at a time and is most often associated with a primary sleeping disorder (restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea , night terrors and sleepwalking).
If children with sleep terror disorder or sleepwalking are treated with medication, then they may be given benzodiazepines because this type of medication suppresses stage three and stage four NREM sleep.
In this state of sleep, a person appears to be able to do normal activities, except they are not aware of what is happening and will have little or no memory of sleepwalking incidents the next day.
Sleepwalking: A sleep disturbance characterized by a partial-arousal involving walking about for a few steps, or for much longer distances, with a glassy, trance-like appearance to the eyes.