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IMPORTANT: was he sleep walking or no?

Asked by kb12345 (423 points ) January 11th, 2013

My 50 year old father just went to the bathroom, got in his work clothes, went downstairs got his keys, put on his shoes and coat and went to go to his car because he claimed he has “work”. He doesnt have work until tomorrow 8 am. I am very concerned. He has slept walked in the past but I’ve never caught him in the act. It was like I wasnt talking to him more like he was actually asleep. Should I be concerned? I am very worried.

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deni's avatar

I think you should stop him from driving in his sleep, if that is the case…why don’t you just go check?

kb12345's avatar

@deni I got him before he could even go in his car. He went to the bathroom on his own then I somewhat tucked him into bed.

zenvelo's avatar

Sure sounds like sleep walking to me!

During waking hours has he ever exhibited questionable behavior? If he hasn’t just let him know in the morning. If the answer is yes, put in a call to his doctor.

kb12345's avatar

@zenvelo today he was totally fine. I’m just still worried because of how odd it was! Maybe that’s just me. I will definitely inform him in the morning. Thank you

glacial's avatar

Sounds like sleepwalking… if he routinely keeps his keys in one place, it might be a good idea to disrupt that, so he can’t find them while he’s asleep.

kb12345's avatar

@glacial that sounds like a good idea to be extra safe for future times.

ETpro's avatar

@kb12345 Does he take Ambien™ or any of the zolpidem based sleeping medications? They are famous for triggering episodes of sleep walking and sleep driving.

augustlan's avatar

Sounds like sleep walking to me. It runs in our family, and people do all sorts of odd things in their sleep around my house. Definitely move the keys, and if it’s an ongoing problem, you may want to install an alarm on the door in case he makes it that far.

JLeslie's avatar

Sleep walking or some sort of confusion. Does he snore when he sleeps? Did he recently change any medications? Has he been confused during waking hours? Or, been feeling like he does not feel well rested during the day?

flutherother's avatar

It could be a symptom of something else such as work related stress. I would keep the keys safe at night.

LuckyGuy's avatar

Is he taking any meds? Ask. If this is an ongoing problem you can buy a battery operated driveway announcer for $12 to $15. They take 2 minutes to install. Place the sounder near your room and the sender someplace he must pass if he is going to leave the house.
Do this with his permission of course.

marinelife's avatar

It sounds like he was sleep walking. Talk to him when he is awake about the dangers.

kb12345's avatar

I talked to him and he doesn’t remember it at all. Definitely sleep walking. He’s not on any medicine except a steroid for his gout problem. He thinks it happened because of how exhausted he has been this week and lack of sleep. Thanks so much everyome

gailcalled's avatar

What might have happened if you had not been present and alert and able to stop him? You cannot be on a nightly all-night alert. Even one missed event could have ended up tragically.

Would he be willing to have a neurological exam? Just telling him may be enough to alarm him but not nearly enough for him to control neuro impulses beyond his control.

There are, as many have suggested, mechanical devises that you can install in the home to alert you, but that puts a really heavy burden on your shoulders.

Are there any other family members in the house or any others with whom you can have a conference to help your dad.

kb12345's avatar

@gailcalled I think my mother would definitely be the one to persuade him to go to the doctors and get this figured out. I just hate how he said that this was because of his tiring week when this could’ve been very tragic. It worries me! I will in the meantime to things to help prevent this happening again

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JLeslie's avatar

If he feels tired all the time, even when he seemed to have slept an adequate time, then he might very well have trouble breathing at night. That’s why I asked if he snores or if his wife notices he isn’t breathing at times when he sleeps.

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