An enduring myth teaches that we should not awaken a sleepwalker. It was thought that the shock of a sudden awakening might cause a heart attack, or that the disoriented sleeper might strike out and cause injury. When we consider that the sleepwalker is dreaming, is experiencing an artificial environment and events, we can understand that it would be startling to be thrust into waking life. Rather, we should gently guide the sleepwalker back to bed, allowing for a gradual, more natural awakening.
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