All participants underwent interviews; completed sleep, anxiety, depression, and eating behavior scales; and had a nighttime videopolysomnography. Patients with SRED were mainly women, had disease onset in adulthood, suffered nightly episodes and insomnia, and had more frequent eating problems in childhood and higher current anorexia scores than did the sleepwalkers and controls. Unlike controls, they shared several commonalities with the sleepwalkers, including high frequency of past or current sleepwalking, a similar timing of parasomnia episodes during the first half of the night, and a similarly altered level of daytime sleepiness and anxiety. They differed from the sleepwalkers in that they had a higher level of awareness during parasomnia episodes.
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