Happy Wednesday!! Not that I’m complaining — but where has this week gone??
My confession today is kinda funny…I’m a sleepwalker.
Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is a sleep disorder belonging to the parasomnia family. Sleepwalkers arise from the slow wave sleep stage in a state of low consciousness and perform activities that are usually performed during a state of full consciousness.
My first sleepwalking incident (that I recall) happened when I was little. I was maybe 10 years old. I got up, walked outside down the porch steps and into my garage. It was the summer and all of the doors were open (because MA = no a/c). I scared the crap out of my parents. I have absolutely NO recollection of this — except waking up on the way BACK to my bed (I remember waking up to my dad carrying me).
I don’t know how often I did this growing up — but it DID carry into adulthood. My poor roommate Martha found out the hard way…
One night while in college, the hubby (who was then the boyfriend) woke up and found me missing from bed. He looked all around my apartment and started to freak out — so he then woke up my roommate Katie. They searched high and low for me, even outside to no avail. Then Katie did the unthinkable…she checked Martha’s bed. And there I was. Apparently, I got up in the middle of the night and hopped into Martha’s bed. The best part of this story, is that Katie and the hubby just left me there. I awoke to Martha screeching, “What the heck are you doing in my bed!” at 8am. The hubby and Katie CLAIM it’s because they didn’t want to disturb us. I just think they wanted to hear/see Martha’s reaction!!
Oddly enough, that was NOT the last time I tried to sleepwalk my way into Martha’s room. There was another incident where I was making a beeline for her room when my other roommates were awake (they put a stop to it) and then during my bachelorette party I did a little sleepwalking and locked myself out of my hotel room — somehow finding Martha’s room and knocking on her door at 4am (seriously!).
The last big sleepwalking incident happened a few years ago – I got up and turned the thermostat up to 90 degrees (in the middle of the summer). The hubby turned it back down and then I got up AGAIN and turned it up again (mumbling something to him at the same time).
Alcohol definitely triggers my episodes — but there have been smaller episodes in the past few years where I’ve woken up somewhere not knowing how I got there (like B’s bed or even my own bed) and have been completely sober, so who knows! Thankfully, it has occurred less and less over the years. It IS rather funny, but can be kind of scary at the same time!!
This is what I DO know:
Sleepwalking is most often initiated during deep sleep but may occur in the lighter sleep stages or NREM, usually within a few hours of falling asleep, and the sleepwalker may be partially aroused during the episode.
In addition to walking during deep sleep, other symptoms of sleepwalking include:
- Little or no memory of the event
- Difficulty arousing the sleepwalker during an episode
- Inappropriate behavior such as urinating in closets (more common in children)
- Screaming (when sleepwalking occurs in conjunction with sleep terrors)
- Violent attacks on the person trying to awaken the sleepwalker
Recent studies have found that sleepwalking is genetic and there’s a 60% change I will pass it down and I’m actually pretty positive I’ve caught B sleepwalking a few times… poor kid!
Sleepwalking hasn’t really impacted my life too much (thankfully there doesn’t see to be any sleep eating going on — and as far as I know I don’t get violent – I just like to snuggle), but it has freaked quite a few people out!!
Have you ever been caught sleepwalking? Or caught a sleepwalker?
Have anything to confess???