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What do you know about sleepwalking?

Asked by SamIAm (8690points) February 11th, 2011

I woke up this morning to my pajama pants on the floor in the kitchen, a glass vase with flowers moved from a small end table to my kitchen table, and my wall calendar placed on my desk. Granted, I drank last night… but I wasn’t that drunk. I used to sleepwalk a lot as a kid (I just called mom and she said that she was always so worried about me because it was really bad and scary for a while, almost like I was possessed).

So what do you know about sleepwalking? Any good stories? What can I do to prevent this from happening again? I am concerned I may leave my apartment in the middle of the night and not know (sans pants, hehe).

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augustlan's avatar

Ha! I bet you were confused!

Sleepwalking tends to run in families, and my ex-husband and all of our children have done it at some point. (We also all talk in our sleep.) If this is the first time it’s happened after a long break from it, I wouldn’t worry too much. Now, if it gets to be a regular occurrence, I might consider some kind of plan to keep you in the house. Like keeping your keys in a different place or adding a chain lock, so it’s not so easy to unlock your door and take a nakey walk. ;)

Meego's avatar

Here’s what I know, sleepwalking is walking while your sleeping..yeah I don’t know anything about it. I used to sleepeat but it hasn’t happened in a long time. Maybe you should do 2 things:
1) Always make sure your wearing clean pants :/
2) put an alarm on the door
I don’t really know if the alarm would work as you would be the one putting it up so whether or not your sleeping you would know it’s there as well as how to turn it off.
See #1…always make sure you’ve got clean underoos and pants on. Good luck with that. :D

SamIAm's avatar

haha! Thanks guys!
@augustlan: I totally have a 2nd lock and it’s locked tonight. I did a little research and it seems like this may have been induced because of my drinking.

I’m laughing about it now, and not too worried :)

Mariah's avatar

This might seem ridiculous, but keep your car keys somewhere inaccessible to your sleepwalking self. Somebody who went to my college once fell asleep in bed and woke up to a police officer shining a flashlight in his face in his car!

Seelix's avatar

Once after a night of drinking I woke up in the spare bedroom in my parents’ house. I was home alone that weekend, and had been out at the bar with a few friends. I didn’t drink a ton, but I was definitely tipsy when I went to bed. I clearly remember going to bed in my room, but I woke up in another bed. I went all around the upper floor, trying to find evidence of why I might have moved, but nothing. It’s only happened once, and I’ve never walked in my sleep, either before or after that. (shrug)

ChocolateReigns's avatar

Last year, right around this time, I had been sleeping in my sister’s room, on her top bunk, because of some issues in my basement bedroom. I had been sleeping in there for about 3 months so far. I went to bed like normal one night, but in the middle of the night, I woke up freezing (since my bed in the basement didn’t have any bedding on it, and the heat down there was bad), on my bed. I would have had to get off the top bunk, walk through two closed doors, walk across the house, go down a flight of stairs, walk to the other side of the basement, and open another door! No one heard anything and it was pretty weird. I haven’t sleepwalked since, thank goodness.

MilkyWay's avatar

my mum and dad tell me i used to sleepwalk when i was a small kid, telling me what i used to do and stuff… but i gotta tel you i dont remember doing anything they told me.
i do remember waking up standing once or twice though, either near the stairs or outside my parents bedroom so i know they weren’t joking.
it’s really unsettling and bizzare . . . thank goodness it doesn’t happen anymore.
Or does it . ......?

Bluefreedom's avatar

I know the official term for it is Somnambulism but other than that, not much else.

muffinfish15's avatar

I was sleep walking one time when i was 7 and i went out to our freezer and i pulled open the lid and pulled down my pants and almost went pee in the kitchen! My mom woke me just in time.

Beulah's avatar

My younger brother used to sleep walk when he was around 8 years old. But it just stopped. He hasn’t mentioned any recent incidents. He’s already 34 so i guess he’s over it.
I dont know much about sleepwalking. Consult your doctor if it gets frequent. And always wear pajamas.

chewhorse's avatar

Only that Santo and Johnny did an original rendition of it way back in 1959..

If your a sleepwalker, be aware that your mother was correct in worrying, it can not be cotrolled.. So, take adequate precautions and seek medical advice.

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