Thursday, August 19, 2010

Caution: This Sleeper Walks

I am a sleep walker and talker. Since I am presently living alone (please don’t come and rob me) I don’t know if I do it much anymore, but growing up in my parents house, it was a regular occurrence.

I have been known to get out of bed, find my parents, and have complete conversations with them. I have also woken up in various places around the house that I was dreaming about. Once, I dreamt that I was playing the violin in my closet and I woke up in the closet. Another time, after a fun night out with friends, I dreamt that I was waiting to be picked up by some friends and I woke up sitting on the living room sofa. Anyone who has ever slept with or near me has said I talk and talk and talk a lot of the night, hmmm what a surprise, right?

The most famous sleep walking story in my family took place when I was maybe about 10 years old. Most of the story is from second hand sources, as I was sleeping during most of it, except the end when I was woken suddenly, which I remember.

One evening, it was a school night, I went to bed at my bed time. Later, as was the norm, my mom went to bed before my dad, as always he stayed up later to watch television downstairs. Clearly, I had something very important to tell my mom so I got out of bed, walked into her bedroom, and tapped her on the shoulder to wake her up, all the while asleep. My mom is a wonderful person, but she is a big scaredy-cat. (Now this is the part I remember.) My mom sat up in bed and screamed bloody-frickin murder, which woke me up and made me cry. Thinking we were being attacked, my screaming mom scared my dad, who ran up the stairs in a panic, only to find his wife and daughter both sitting on his bed crying and hugging.

Nowadays, I still sleepwalk once in awhile, but the times I’ve been aware of, I woke up in the middle of the dream, just as I was getting out of bed. But I still do talk in my sleep, a lot. I always worry about that a little bit, hoping I don’t say something that I shouldn’t. So far though, I haven’t…at least I don’t think I have.

Do you walk or talk in your sleep?


  1. Some of the kids in our youth group walk in their sleep. One of the boys climbed on a piano bench and was about to dive off when an adult saw him and stopped him. I have a girl that always ends up in my room who sleep walks and I'll wake up and she's just standing in front of the bathroom door or near my bed. Another one talks a lot! It's very interesting that it happens to some people.

  2. Good thing you told me not to rob you, I was on my way over.
    Nope, I've never been a sleep walker but in my late teens, I did find myself waking up in various places around town...
    Your Friend, m.

  3. I never walked, but I sometimes talk in my sleep. So do my kids...

  4. Just stopping by from MamaKat's...

    I have never walked in my sleep, but my brother in law will fight people in his sleep and talk through the whole thing. The best part is you can talk back to him and he'll acutally carry on a converstaion with you. It might make me a bad person, but I love to mess with him when I get the chance!

  5. How funny! And a little freaky. Have you ever left the house??

  6. I don't know about talking in my sleep, but I did sleepwalk once, when I was in elementary school. My parents told me about it the next day and, for some reason, I thought it was cool. So, then I imitated sleepwalking for a few weeks after that. But, other than that, no.

  7. I've never had anyone tell me that I sleep walk or talk, but my husband and kids are pretty sound sleepers so if I did, likely they'd miss the fun.

    One of my older daughters would sleepwalk on rare occasions. I remember one night she walked into my bedroom in the middle of the night and kept repeating that she was trying to change the channel. Luckily, I didn't jolt out of bed with a scream, and I was able to walk her back to bed without waking her up.

    The image of your dad walking into the room and finding you and your mom crying is a familiar one. I'm sure it's happened to my husband a time or two around here, owing to us having three daughters and all.


  8. Oh my gosh! That is kinda freaky. :-) What if you dream about grocery shopping? Wonder if you would wake up in a store. LOL.

    I sleep like the dead. No movement, no talking, no nothing. Maybe a little teeth grinding but that is it.

    I always thought it'd be kinda cool though. :-)

    Stopping by from MamaKats.

  9. I sleptwalked until I got married. Scared the crap out of my college roomates!

  10. My husband has interesting conversations with me in his sleep.

  11. I talk in my sleep a lot. About 6 years ago, I apparently sat up in bed and asked my husband something about cheese fries, and I have not lived it down to this day.

  12. Great music!

    And yea, I too am a mild sleep talker.

    Visiting from Mama Kat's! Nice post!

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  14. I don't think that I've ever walked in my sleep. I don't regularly talk, but it has happened!!

    Have you seen this??

    Often not safe for work!

  15. Talk and teach. All. The. Time.

  16. Oh my word! Must go see the funny link! I don't think I do this at all. No one in my house does. I sort of wish they did so I could have some great blogging tales. Darn it!

  17. My husband on occasion talks in his sleep and he has said some very "inappropriate" things, which later he can't remember.