My personal Experience With Sleepwalking
This has been something occurring in my life for years. Sometimes I go a very long time in between episodes. Sometimes the things I do are unimportant and silly, and my children would gladly laugh with you while sharing of these silly events. I haven’t had an episode in a while, but this morning I knew, I had been at it again. The reason I knew, was because my purse, instead of being tucked safely away as usual was in the middle of my floor, with the zippers open. Also, I had given my son a bag of starburst, but grabbed four pieces to save for sweet tooth times, and put them on my bedside table. They are nowhere to be seen, and no wrappers anywhere. Perhaps I’ll find them in a pair of socks, as my sock drawer was open as well.
My Personal Experience With The Dangers Of Sleepwalking
There is a myth that sleepwalkers cannot get hurt during their episodes. This is not so, there are many dangers facing the sleepwalker. Number one danger is tripping and falling, or even worse, falling down the steps. My pocketbook being open and out was very scary as I keep both my medications in it and my cigarettes. I promptly counted all medicine to make sure I didn’t ingest any. I wasn’t sick, so I knew there was no danger of an OD, but these are things that need to be thought about. Also, what if I had lit up a cigarette? I could have burned the house down. During the day I have to carefully walk down steps, as I have some health problems that cause a great deal of pain and my hip has locked up on me before, sending me down a flight of stairs breaking my tailbone and cracking my sacroililic joint. This was during the day when I was fully aware of what was going on. I have also had times where I could not find my keys, only to find the back door open, and my keys in the car.
Precautions That Should Be Taken By The Sleepwalker
If you drive, make sure you give your keys to someone else in the household prior to bed. If you live alone, put your keys in a hard to get to place, but one you will remember in the morning.
Make sure any and all medications are put away in a safe also hard to get to place, or have another family member hold them.
Make sure all lighters, matches and cigarettes are out of easy reach.
An extra chain lock high on the door doesn’t guarantee the sleepwalker won’t try to leave the house, but it helps.
Make sure all windows and balcony doors are securely locked. Sleepwalkers have walked right out of windows and off balconies.
If possible, sleep on the bottom floor of your home.
Sleepwalking Terminology And Definition
Sleepwalking- The medical term is Somnambulism and it is defined as: “a disorder that occurs when a person walks or does another activity while they are still asleep.”-MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Sleepwalking conjures up thoughts of a person zombie-like, walking with outstretched hands. In actuality, the sleepwalker appears awake. It isn’t until they say or do something that makes no sense that even their own loved one might realize that they are indeed asleep. Sleepwalking is primarily a childhood disorder. Only about 4% of the adult population has this disorder.
A new study that involved sleep deprivation had some very interesting results. The new study was led by Antonio Zadra, PhD., professor of psychology. Now keep in mind this was a very small study, so take the results with a grain of salt. Antonio Zadra, PhD. kept twenty five patients awake for 25 hours, and constantly monitored them to make sure no one got a nap. When they were watched during the sleep following the deprivation, the amount of episodes went from five prior to the deprivation to twenty two. So trying to set a good night time schedule and not skimping on sleep may help lessen the amount of episodes of sleepwalking.
Please see I Wsh I knew What I id Last Night–Part Two