Shelly R. Gunn, M.D., Ph.D.
Shelly R. Gunn, M.D., Ph.D., received both her M.D. and her Ph.D. in neurogenetics in 2002 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA), where she has also been an instructor of medical neuroscience. She is currently completing a residency in clinical pathology at UTHSCSA. Her work focuses on the use of genome-scanning techniques for the clinical analysis of congenital abnormalities and blood cell cancers. She can be reached at email@example.com
Are We in the Dark About Sleepwalking’s Dangers?
When most people sleep, the brain causes both the conscious mind and the body to rest, and, during the dreaming stages of sleep, a loss of muscle tone prevents movement. In sleepwalkers, however, this process goes awry. Sleepwalking in children is usually only a safe subject of funny family stories, but adult somnambulism is a serious—even dangerous—sleep disorder. Neuroscientist Shelly Gunn, M.D., Ph.D., and her sleepwalking son, W. Stewart Gunn, explore the science of somnambulism and, because sleepwalking cannot yet be entirely prevented, suggest how we must protect both night wanderers and those who might be harmed by their unconscious actions.