Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sleep Walking

I have often wondered what causes sleep walking.  While I was growing up I used to talk in my sleep a lot and it kept on growing worse to the point where I did weird things in my sleep with only faint memories of doing them the next morning after seeing misplaced items in my room or wearing something in an odd way.

The night I remember the clearest was when I woke up shivering on the top of our kitchen roof. I have never enjoyed heights and crept my way cautiously back to my open bedroom window and hopped back inside. From that point on I always made sure my windows were latched before going to bed in hopes that I wouldn't do a repeat and maybe even fall off the roof.

Talking and walking in my sleep have both disappeared since we got married which makes me very happy. It is rather unsettling to be doing things without being aware of doing them.

Have you ever walked in your sleep? And no, staggering into the kitchen for a cup of coffee in the morning does not count as sleep walking.

13 comments:

Magnolia Tea said...

Whew, that's a bit scarey! I'm glad you don't walk in your sleep now. Have a great day!

Deb said...

Well....as far as I know I haven't sleep walked, but DH says I have talked in my sleep, and one time sat up in bed and when he asked me what I was doing I said "what's it look like, I'm washing the dishes." *giggle* So....the potential is there I guess. I never remember any of it myself, so he has to tell me about it, for me to know what goes on when I am asleep. LOL

Diann said...

I remember sleep walking one time as a little girl. I was walking downstairs and my sisters asked me where I was going and told me to get back to bed. I woke up and I was standing at the top of the stairs. I don't know how I had managed not to fall, but it sure was a scary moment for me!

Leana said...

haha oh my gosh! On the roof... that is intense! Though I can't ..top... that, I used to sleep walk down the driveway when I was younger; my mom had to put chairs against the door to keep me from venturing out! I still enjoy my morning walks... but I'm more conscious now :)

regina said...

I've never walked in my sleep but have always talked in my sleep. Even now when I'm stressed or overly tired, I will ramble all night until my hubby finally wakes me.

AverettLadyNana said...

I did in my youth. Don't believe I've done it as an adult. My mother would hear me and gently lead me back to bed. I remember once waking up and I was on the dining room table and had knocked various items off. Thank goodness not the tureen that had been in the family for generations. Never climbed out of an window. But our house was one story...there was a second story but it was never finished off and had disappearing stairway in the hall.

Patty H. said...

Yes, I have! I was young. A long story but the short of it is I went outside to a building we had our chickens in, banging on the door looking for my family. The next morning, I woke up in my moms bed. My dad put a latch at the top of the door the next day.
I've also woke myself up talking. Funny.

Toriz said...

I've never done any sleep walking, but I talk in my sleep, and staying still in my bed isn't an option; used to wriggle so much I'd fall out of it (thankfully grew out of that one by the time I was in my teens).

On My Own said...

I have only ever walked in my sleep once. I was very young, around 7 or 8 I believe. I do not remember any of this, but it was told to me by my brother the next morning. I guess that my oldest brotherwoke up in the middle of the night to see the light in the hallway turning on and off repeatedly. When he walked out into the hall to see what was going on, I guess I was standing there next to the switch, just flicking it up and down. Being the eldest he decided to take care of it himself. He walked over to me and in a firm voice (or so he told me) to go back to bed and to stop turning the light on and off. He said that I looked at him and firmly told him "NO" He found this very shocking as I was usually a very obedient child and was always more then willing to listen to my older brothers. Once again he told me to go back to bed and once again I said "NO". He finnaly placed his hand over the light, and very firmly told me to stop and to go back to bed "RIGHT NOW!" I took one look at his hand over the light switch, pulled my fist back and gave him a solid punch in the nose. I then sweetly told him goodnight, turned and went back into my room. I don't remember a moment of it... and that is something I never would have done if I was awake.

Ben said...

I never have but my sister frequently did. She would come downstairs and sit in front of the television. After a short time she would return to her room.
That stopped at some point but I don't know when.

Mandy C. said...

Yes! When I was a teenager I did it all the time- it's gotten better as I've gotten older. I still talk in my sleep, but at least I'm not roaming around the house trying on pot holders and re-arranging the pots and pans all over the kitchen!

Lady Anne said...

I often talk in my sleep - once a week or so, my husband says. I went to a boarding school (tells you a lot about what kind of kid I was!) and woke up one morning with my jeans over my PJ bottoms. The other girls told me there had been a fire drill in the middle of the night, and we'd all gotten dressed and gone out to stand on the athletic field until the fire department came and went, and then we went back to bed. Couldn't prove it by me. Another time, my husband woke up to a terrific thunder storm and I asked him why he was looking out the window. He called me over and I also watched out the window at - presumably - wild wind and green lightening - and went back to bed. Don't remember a bit of it. I don't know if that counts as walking in your sleep or not, though.

Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

As far as I know, I've never walked in my sleep. But I and 2 of our children frequently talk on our sleep. Like some of the other ladies above, I have gotten up out of bed to tend to something (husband or children) but when morning comes I don't recall a thing.

Mrs.B