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(Potentially NSFW) Why do I do such strange things in my sleep?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23298 points ) October 27th, 2010

I have always done very bizarre things while I’m sleeping. I am always slightly conscious that I’m doing it, but I am not awake enough to stop myself.
I used to spit in my sleep. Not drool, but literally roll over and spit. (Sorry, that’s gross, I know.) Usually I was dreaming about having something foul in my mouth, or brushing my teeth.
Now, lately, it has been undressing myself in my sleep. I can’t remember what I’m dreaming about most of the time.. but I am somewhat conscious that I’m doing it. Every night.

Is this related somehow to sleep walking? I have never been one to sleep walk, not since I was a toddler anyhow. My sister sleepwalks, though. Could it be a hereditary thing?

Do you do weird things in your sleep?

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Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s an unusual night when I don’t do something weird while asleep, although I haven’t tried the spitting.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe lol, you haven’t tried it. That made me laugh. At least I am always semi-conscious enough to lean over the edge of the bed to do it, and not on my husband. :)

The spitting is by far the most bizarre of all things I’ve done in my sleep. It baffled me for a long time, but I found a handful of people online that had a similar habit. Also related to similar dreams – eating something gross or brushing their teeth. So that was semi-comforting.

KatawaGrey's avatar

I don’t know about the spitting, but the undressing yourself may be because you are too hot. I do that when I wear socks to bed. I used to just kick them off but now I will wake up and find that I have taken my socks off and folded them neatly while asleep. It’s usually because I was too hot.

My boyfriend makes out with me in his sleep. We’ll be cuddling and kissing and then he’ll stop all of a sudden. The next morning, I ask him what was up and he won’t remember anything. It’s kinda funny.

Iclamae's avatar

Sleep-sexing?

But I agree with @KatawaGrey. Probably heat. And I don’t know if sleepwalking is hereditary. I would guess probably not, but I do not actually know.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@KatawaGrey the folding your socks in your sleep reminds me of when I was younger, I would often fall asleep with my contact lenses in.
I also would take them out in my sleep and carefully set them on my nightstand. As if they would really last the night there. I can’t tell you how many times I found a pair of shriveled up, dried out contact lenses on my nighstand sitting neatly next to each other.

It could be that I’m hot, maybe. I don’t consciously realise that I’m hot, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Sleep walking is very hereditary. The first locks we ever had on our doors when I was growing up were meant to keep us kids inside because we all did it. Someone else posted a similar question a little while ago and one of the answers was about a scientific piece of research on sleep walking running in families..

KatawaGrey's avatar

This reminds me of what happened to my mother when she was going through cancer treatments. At one point, she had to have an irradiated implant stuck up in her for several days in addition to all the other things stuck in. She had a dream that she was part of the French resistance during WWII and had to go out and fight so she carefully took off all her bandages and folded them neatly and put them on her night stand. She took out all the needles and IV’s and lined them up next to the bandages. She did wake herself up when she tried to take the implant out it hurt to try and take it out :(. Apparently, this was a very common practice in that ward at night. The nurses just put everything back in and she went to back to sleep. Apparently, night nurses have the best stories. One woman told my mom that they had a guy with a head injury walk out of the hospital while he was asleep.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe that explains a lot.

@KatawaGrey wow! That’s an incredible story. Personally, I love all nursing stories. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I’ll tell you that the nurses that I know and work with have the best ones. I even have a handful of my own. You never know what the human brain comes up with when it is in a state of altered consciousness due to medication, sedation or the dying process. Sorry, slightly OT.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I talk in my sleep and also kick,punch and sing show tunes.All torturous for anyone within a 2 mile radius.;)

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille yeah, the kicking is a big one for me, too. My poor hubster.

My sister sings in her sleep, also. Not specific tunes.. but she frequently sings the scales. lol. I don’t think I sing or talk. At least that is one weird thing I can scratch off.

BoBo1946's avatar

Nef, on a few occasions, I’ve acted out my dream. Once, kicked my ex out of the bed, as in my dream, I was attempting to kick a door down. I’m sure your deal and mine is somehow related to sleepwalking. Often, I will curse in my dream….when someone in my dream is about to harm me, will let out curse words that would shame anyone!

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie -Give it time,you might reach that goal!! XD

Cruiser's avatar

Apparently I do a pretty mean River Dance judging by all the blankets are on the floor in the morning. I have to make sure the ceiling fan is off at bed time just in case.

JilltheTooth's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie ; Re @KatawaGrey ‘s story about my implant…true, all too true, but the amazing thing for me is that 11 years later I still remember the dream (about being part of the french resistance) so vividly and in perfect detail. I thought the nurse was going to be mad at having to come in (I was a regular little plutonium factory at the time) but she was lovely and patient and just told me that obviously I’d had enough of this stupid abuse, and my sleeping mind was smarter than all the waking ones that put me through this. Night nurses are angels.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@JilltheTooth I couldn’t agree more. :)
@Bobo, hard to imagine you cursing, for some reason.

Marodr13's avatar

Personally I have gotten from my sleep because I needed to vomit, which is gross, and so i try not to eat late… but I also make strange noises, or I cry.. or wake up all confused like I am somewhere else..
I would record myself if I were you just to see what you do when you are sleeping, and then maybe see what it is that you are doing during the day and maybe changing your habits will change what is happening while your sleeping…
for me it feels like I dont sleep, like I am awake through out it… What do you think??

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@Marodr13 are you on any medication?

Marodr13's avatar

No… I would get paranoid if I was to get into any.. I have young daughters and so i like being aware of what is going on in the house..
but I have taken sleep aids and I block out, which is awesome cause then I dont remember nothing, which is not good cause if there is a fire or something like that it be hard for me to wake up…
are you taking medication TheOnlyNeffie???

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I’m not, no. I only asked because the “feeling awake while asleep” thing happened to me frequently when I was.

Marodr13's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie: I was just asking… lol.. but you are right sometimes I wonder if I need medication, and also one thing that I have noticed weirder things happen when my time of the month is about to come, which its a alarm to let me know its almost here, lol… but I think its a great thing to be able to read others comments about an issue like this..

KatawaGrey's avatar

I once had a dream that I was wrestling with dinosaurs I think I was nine or ten and when I woke up, I had torn the fitted sheet off the bed and ended up with my head at the other end of the bed. Whenever that happened again, my mom would say, “Were you wrestling with dinosaurs again?” :)

MissAnthrope's avatar

I used to sleepwalk when I was a kid, but I pretty much grew out of that by the age of 10. I also used to talk in my sleep. I’ve had conversations on the phone with people while asleep – and then woken up mid-conversation and scrambled to figure out what the hell we were talking about before the other person caught on.

These days, I’ve toned down the nighttime shenanigans, though I have definitely done things like talk in my sleep and I accidentally smacked a couple people in the face because of a compelling dream.

augustlan's avatar

I have no idea why, but it definitely does seem to run in families. My family is full of sleep walkers/talkers. My ex-husband is a walker/talker/puncher (he punched me on two separate occasions, while sleeping), all of my kids talk (hilariously, they’re sometimes arguing with one another in these scenarios), two of them have walked, one of them sleep sneezes, and I’m a big time sleep talker. I often laugh in my sleep, too, waking myself and my husband up in the process. I’ve done that phone thing, too @MissAnthrope! I’ve had whole phone conversations where the other person thinks I’m awake, and I have absolutely no recollection of it at all. I feel terrible when I do that!

My kids amuse themselves by taking turns trying to wake me up, just because they know I will have absurd conversations with them until I’m fully awake.

I’ve undressed myself a few times, too. So now I just sleep naked. No spitting, though… but I think it’s hilarious! :D

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Got naked and redecorated the living room last night. Moved some pictures, furniture etc, but no spitting. :)

splidge1982's avatar

Hi, I keep doing this stuff do (not the spitting yet) but jumping out of bed and saying crazy things that don’t make sense. The strange thing is that I don’t remember. But after my partner tells me, I kind of remember it happening but having no control over it or what it is I’m doing or saying. I suffer with something called Cataplexy which is a form of sleep paralysis mixed in with epilepsy (at least that’s how I describe it) I am wondering whether it is related in anyway with the strange night stuff?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@TheOnlyNeffie Wednesday night I went sleepwalking and kicked something. Broke my little toe and sprained my foot. And never woke up. No decorating though.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

That’s horrible! Hope your foot heals fast.

@splidge1982 isn’t cataplexy related to narcolepsy? I’ve heard it before, but I don’t recall the details.

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