dd#2 is 5 yo and for the past year she has been having sleep disturbances, particularly night terrors and sleepwalking that occurs simultaneously between 9-11pm at night 2-3 times a week. She's already an extremely sensitive child and even shows like Arthur (PBS) can scare or upset her. On the nights she doesn't sleep walk or have night terrors she will come into my room around 3am b/c of bad dreams (these she remembers). She says she's scared to go to bed at night b/c she's afraid of her bad dreams. She's told me at times her bad dreams and they're not your usual childhood nightmares. They would be enough to scare me. She has a pretty big imagination so I can imagine this could be the culprit. I.e. she made up a story that a man had sat on the couch and left a crease/imprint where he was sitting. And then left foot imprints where he walked away. It was much creepier how she explained it to me.
I'm worried about keeping her safe while she's sleepwalking. Last night I caught her in the garage, in the past she's always gone to the living room, kitchen, or her sister's room. I also worry about her possibly falling down the stairs (we have a long straight flight of stairs that leads to the 2nd floor where the bedrooms are). If I were to put a baby gate in her bedroom doorway would she be able to climb over it in her sleep? Or do sleepwalkers just wonder/walk around in their sleep?
Just wondering if anybody else's gifted child has issues with sleep walking and/or night terrors.