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post #1 of 27
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I woke up around 6am this morning to find that I have had another episode of sleep walking. It can be really scary to know that you have been up and moving around with out knowing what you were doing. So far DH and I have put the safety bar down on our balcony (we live 12 floors up), he's going to take all the knobs off our stove tonight, and we are going to twisty tie up the microwave. It's sad that I have to baby proof the apartment for myself.
post #2 of 27
Oh my gosh, that's so scary!
Make sure you always wear nice pjs to bed; you don't want to be found wandering around in your undies!
post #3 of 27
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Originally Posted by pushylady
Oh my gosh, that's so scary!
Make sure you always wear nice pjs to bed; you don't want to be found wandering around in your undies!
That would be part of the problem. I went to bed with pj's on and woke up with nothing. I found them through out are apartment. The last thing I want to do is wake up to a nice police officer shaking me while I am naked. I can only imagine that whatever explanation that I would have wouldn't work out well.
post #4 of 27
OMG, you have to do something about the front door to make sure you can't get through it! That freaks me out!!
post #5 of 27
Oh, hon, that's so hard.

I can empathise - it is so scary sometimes.

BF was in India for work for 1 week last August, and I got so stressed from it that I started a bout of sleepwalking (in general, mine are short but intense periods of activity followed by long periods with none).

I woke up twice, having fallen asleep with Bobby outside (he's a VERY naughty kitty sometimes) only to wake up with him in my bed. He knows how to manipulate the door knocker to get in - but frankly I wonder who else I'd have left in? After he came back it took a while to settle down - I caught myself (thank god) at 4 am trying to return missed phone calls, and a bunch of other stuff.

Once in college (in dorms) I picked the lock to a housemate's room, and moved some of her stuff around while she and her boyfriend were sleeping in there. Not cool.
post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by pushylady
OMG, you have to do something about the front door to make sure you can't get through it! That freaks me out!!
Yeah, that doesn't always work - sleepwalking has it's own Zen-like patience and Spartan persistance to it.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by Satai
Yeah, that doesn't always work - sleepwalking has it's own Zen-like patience and Spartan persistance to it.
You speak the truth. My scarest moment was when I was a kid I woke up in the bathroom with a bathtub filling with water. I had stuffed a rag down the drain. The funniest moment was when I had eaten a whole tub of chocolate truffles my Mom had made. She was so mad at me!
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
You speak the truth. My scarest moment was when I was a kid I woke up in the bathroom with a bathtub filling with water. I had stuffed a rag down the drain. The funniest moment was when I had eaten a whole tub of chocolate truffles my Mom had made. She was so mad at me!
I'll bet she was - housemate wasn't wild about me picking her lock either

My funniest moment was also post-India:

I got up to let the cats out but decided it was too early, so I fed them and played with them for half an hour, let them out and went back to bed. A little while later BF woke up, asked me if I'd let the cats out, and I explained what I'd done (in detail).

Later that evening, I asked BF what time he'd let the cats out - only to have him explain that I done it, what I'd done, and that I'd described the whole thing to him.
post #9 of 27
Forgot to say: Scratch has mail
post #10 of 27
that is scary! my mom told me I was sleep walking the other night when she opened the door to let the cool air in..of course she had me sit down and go back to sleep. I don't remember a thing. it's scary for sure, though.
post #11 of 27
My little brother used to sleep walk when he was little - like 3 or 4 years old.
One time we were staying with my Aunt & Uncle @ their house, and we found him in the kitchen, sitting in front of the fridge, eating butter out of the tub

He would also get out of bed and walk downstairs just CRYING so hard, yelling for mom and dad.... they would of course get him and he would wake up.

Ever since then, we had to have him sleep in my parents room with the doors locked - he eventually grew out of it about a year later. It was scary tho, I always felt SO bad for him
post #12 of 27
They say sleep walking can run in famlies. My grandmother used to sleep walk and so did my sister. When my sister was around 7 she got out of bed and we had this big fancy bowl that set on the dinning room table. She got up walked to the table set the bowl on the floor and used the bowl for a toilet!Pulled her jammies up and went back to bed.We never let her live this one down...
post #13 of 27
My 8 yr old sleepwalks from time to time.
Hes peed in the laudry basket a couple times. Woke up sleeping on the steps. Gotten up, got dressed and ready for school. His latest episode was about 3 weeks ago. It was around 2 in the morning an he came into my bedroom, woke me up and said "You weren't very behaved today so I'm going to have to take your TV away" And turned my TV off. Walked back into his room, shut the door and started singing twinkle twinkle little star
I couldn't help but laugh so hard I woke him up.. .He was SO mad at me for laughing at me!


I agree I think it's genetic.
My ex husband (my 8yr olds dad) once peed on his sister while sleep walking!
post #14 of 27
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Originally Posted by DixieDarlin256
My 8 yr old sleepwalks from time to time.
Hes peed in the laudry basket a couple times. Woke up sleeping on the steps. Gotten up, got dressed and ready for school. His latest episode was about 3 weeks ago. It was around 2 in the morning an he came into my bedroom, woke me up and said "You weren't very behaved today so I'm going to have to take your TV away" And turned my TV off. Walked back into his room, shut the door and started singing twinkle twinkle little star
I couldn't help but laugh so hard I woke him up.. .He was SO mad at me for laughing at me!
Oh my, that is funny! Poor kid!!
post #15 of 27
Oh man that is scary! I sleep walked once when I was about 5 and, let's just say I mistook the top of the stairs for the toilet. Luckily my mom heard me moving around and stopped me before it was too late. A highly embarassing story but I was 5 so whatever.

My boyfrined has night terrors occationally and man the first time that happened I thought he was dying or something. Talk about scary!
post #16 of 27
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Originally Posted by Jen
My boyfrined has night terrors occationally and man the first time that happened I thought he was dying or something. Talk about scary!
I get them too, but mine aren't so bad. The one's BF gets, wakes me up everytime, and gets them like every night. They don't bother him too much though, he only gets them early in the night, like right after falling to sleep, and then he's fine.
post #17 of 27
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It happened again last night! I woke up and had rearranged some of the stuff in our apartment. I've decided to make another doctor's appointment to see what I need to do.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
It happened again last night! I woke up and had rearranged some of the stuff in our apartment. I've decided to make another doctor's appointment to see what I need to do.
Poor you - that's probably for the best.
post #19 of 27
I used to do little things when I was younger, get up and move the head band to the stove or something. The wierdest one was when I was 12 and I went out and had a lengthy conversation with my mom. My mom new something wasn't right because I wasn't making sense! I was talking about Clover (our cat) being all ready for the week with the cantelopes in the fridge. She then asked me if I was awake and I sort of remember that (like a dream!), because I remember thinking well duh, would I be standing here talking to you if I was asleep? I answered with a sarcastic yes. Other than that brief moment I don't remember any of that conversation.
post #20 of 27
I can barely sleep let alone sleep walk... but Hubby will tell stories about his brother who has sleep walked down the stairs to the bathroom, taken off the shower curtain by each individual ring, wrapped it around his body like a blanket and went to sleep in the tub!
My BIL is also a talker in his sleep.... and frequently asks for mud/concrete/drill guns/tape measures, and calls someone an ahole (most likely he's referring to my husband as they work side by side).
post #21 of 27
I'm a sleepwalker (and a sleeptalker). I've had episodes my entire life, ever since I was a small child, and there doesn't seem to be any particular pattern to them: episodes are quite sporadic (sometimes I'll have several in one week, sometimes there won't be one for months) and don't seem to be set off by any health issues, change in sleeping pattern or lifestyle, or anything out of the ordinary. They just happen.

When I was quite young I sleep-walked around my entire neighbourhood, in my pyjamas, and ended up in my parents' garden, with muddy feet but otherwise none the worse for wear. Fortunately it was summertime, although I suspect I would have woken up if it had been cold outside. This was over twenty years ago and despite living in a small town and in a quiet neighbourhood, my parents locked the doors even then and I still managed to get out. (I left the door open, though -- thank goodness we didn't have any pets back then!) Another time I came downstairs from my bedroom, sat down beside my father on the couch, and carried on a conversation with him (that I had no recollection of come morning). Once, when my younger sister and I shared a bedroom, our mother came in and heard us talking in gibberish to each other (we both talk in our sleep); we weren't speaking English, but whatever we were saying to each other apparently made sense in our minds!

Now that I'm older, incidents are less common and somehow more embarassing. During my first year of university, when I lived in residence, I dragged my roommate's chair across the floor of our room and put it beside my bed so that I could climb up on it to retrieve (non-existent) stuffed animals from the (purely imaginary) shelves over my bed. I was very startled to wake up in the morning and see the chair sitting beside my bed -- I remembered dreaming about climbing to reach my stuffed animals, but didn't think I'd actually tried to do it!

Living with my boyfriend just makes things worse, because I always wake him up and he gets a big kick out of my sleepwalking/sleeptalking. I once went into the bathroom to take my shower, started the water, started stripping, only to wake up and realize it was only 2am! Another time I poked my boyfriend in the nose (waking him up), giggled and turned away. I also frequently leap out of bed because I "see" spiders (or other insects) either in my bed or dangling from spiderwebs over my head.

Now that I'm older, I have a tendency to wake up in mid-action (except for the chair incident), so I typically stop myself from doing incredibly stupid things, like turning the stove on or tumbling down the stairs. My boyfriend also usually wakes up with me, at least partially, so if I start doing something out of character or odd for that time of night, he'll stop me. I'm lucky in that I haven't had any bad accidents or incidents (which is amazing, because I'm remarkably clumsy even when I'm fully conscious!), but I'm uncomfortable sleeping in new places because I'm afraid of what I'll do. And I hate, hate, HATE being told of the stupid things I did while I was asleep -- it's almost always intensely embarassing.
post #22 of 27
My son only sleepwalked once. He was about 4 and since I am a light sleeper I could hear someone walking down our stairs. I followed him and he went into the kitchen and got into the fridge. The whole time he was just talking about thing (it was almost like he had someone with him). He finally just got a drink of water and when went back to bed. I asked him the next morning if he remembered doing it and he said no and thought I was crazy. Now he does not sleep walk anymore but he does sleep talk and sometimes he will just start screaming. It was bad when he was younger (he is now 9). He started doing this when he was about 3. He would sit up in bed and start talking or screaming and I would go in and have to get him to lay back down and relax. He also had really bad leg cramps when he was little so from the time he was 2 until he was 4 I was up everynight between 12am to 3 am dealing with either leg cramps or talking/screaming in his sleep. The screaming was the hard part because he would wake up my husband with the screaming and my husband would go in and start yelling at him. I would have to explain to my husband that he is asleep and can not hear him. It took a little while for my husband to understand it but eventually he understood it. Now my son will just talk into his sleep which you can not understand and he does not remember. It is sometimes funny...
post #23 of 27
I was home for the Cristmas holidas staying with my parents. My brother got home late (he's a long haul truck driver) and went to bed. He started sleepwalking at 5 am he got up and went into my parents room pulled my mother's pillow out from under her head and was mumbleing somthing about unloading the truck. He then proceeded into my room climbed into my bed which upset the cats like you can't imagine started yelling something to the point of "I can't do it all alone" My mom came in and directed him off to his own room and locked the door. My brother is 29 and had never sleep walked in his life. We attribute it to him being over tired. It scared the crap out of me!
post #24 of 27
I dont sleep walk but i sleep talk

Once i was over at a friends house and i was talking about chickens, how we should fence them up in her garden, she obviously had no chickens!
post #25 of 27
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Cross your fingers all... we shall see if it happenes again tonight.
post #26 of 27
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Originally Posted by lookingglass
Cross your fingers all... we shall see if it happenes again tonight.
Good luck!
post #27 of 27
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Didn't sleep walk last night! We shall see how long this lasts.
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