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Sleepwalking ventures

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 3:45 PM

While watching the usual commericals about products that will give you a good night of sleep, I noticed one had a warning about somnambulism, better known as sleepwalking.

Have you ever know someone who did some rather extreme things while walking in their sleep?

I know of two I would list as extreme and one that perhaps should be listed under an extreme spur-of-the-moment excuse.

One boy, perhaps 12 or 13 at the time, got out of bed, put on his clothes and walked out the front door of his home. A member of his family heard him go out the front door and caught him walking across Duck River Bridge, as it was known then, on Cannon Boulevard. This was way back when the bridge was two-lane and had no walking area. This was only one of his sleepwalking ventures.

During the brief time I was on a ship while serving in the U.S. Navy there was a guy from Minnesota who had a double problem, chronic seasickness and sleepwalking. Despite these things he really liked being in the Navy. The guy never complained of seasickness and sometimes at night ended up in some rather strange areas of the ship, at least once out on deck. Everyone really looked out for him and he also helped himself by tying one wrist to his bunk.

The spur-of-the moment incident involved a young man caught hiding between the roof and the inside ceiling of a drug store. He chewed out the arresting officers for coming in his bedroom and "waking me up" at that hour of the morning. The law enforcement officers at least appreciated his originality and were laughing as they helped him down to the floor and then took him to jail. His partner had already been caught on the roof. A passing motorist reported something didn't look right at the drug store when he saw a ladder standing against the side of the building.

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A friend had partied a little too much earlier that night. He had to go to the bathroom during the night. His wife saw him up and asked "What are you doing?" He was urinating in the closet!!!

-- Posted by whatsmyline on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 4:32 PM

I've known of people cooking meals and performing other chores while totally asleep.

They usually had no knowledge of their actions.

The problem comes in when they do something dangerous (like walking onn a busy street,leaving the stove on,driving or using power tools or acting out a dream and attacking a foe that turns out to be a family member).

As much as someone might want to fake or deny such incidents,they'd probably show up in a sleep study.

The right therapy can prevent sleep disturbances and provide a lot more healthy rest.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 4:53 PM

My oldest daughter at about 6 yrs old at the time got out of bed and came to talk to me. I sent her back to bed and saw her go into the bathroom. She got in the bath tub and laid down completely asleep the whole time!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Wed, Feb 20, 2008, at 8:15 PM

Two of our three boys have been "caught" urinating in the wrong place in the night also. This was mostly back when potty training but it still happens occasionally to one of them.

-- Posted by countrymom on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 7:40 AM

My son sleep walks alot. He is now 15. When he was about 12, he raised up and punched my other son right in the eye. He laid back down as if nothing happened. He has turned over furniture and even unlocked the front door and started walking around outside. I took him to a local doctor to see if something could be done about his sleep walking. After I told the doc some of the thing he done, the docs comment was "He knows exaclty what he's doing". Some mornings when I get up, I have to search the house to see where he has got up during the night and moved to. I have found him in about every room of the house. Even under a bed when he was younger. It can be scary at times cause he's alot stonger when he's asleep than when he's awake.

-- Posted by angel37 on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 11:17 AM

When I was 8, I pulled a fire alarm sleepwalking in an apartment complex in Silver Spring MD. It was like 2am and people were mad.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 12:39 PM

Angel37,a sleep study can confirm whether there are brainwave changes that indicate abnormal sleep patterns.

Anything else is guesswork.

Have an interview and exam done before you assume anything either way.

Some aberrant sleep cycles are associated with significant health disorders.

Get a specialist's opinion for your own peace of mind.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Feb 21, 2008, at 4:47 PM

No sleep walking stories from me, but one sleep talking. It was 3 am and I was awakened by someone shaking me violently. I was being shook in a manor that was appropriate ONLY if the house was on fire. When I asked "what?" the response I was given was "My Daddy's name is Rickey and I left the biscuits off of truck 9, sorry!". LOL.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 3:52 PM

My son he sleptwalk about 2 years ago, he walked like he was heading to the bathroom, walked down 5 steps and proceeded to relieve himself down the stairs. Me and my wife were like OMG WHY WHY WHY! and we could run up to stop him because it was a gusher.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:26 PM

err couldn't run up

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 8:27 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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