Patient Comments: Sleepwalking - Experiences


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Comment from: Brideofadrunk, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 01

My husband is an alcoholic and I just caught him get up sleepwalking and try to urinate in our closet then go to my kids’ bedroom and try to urinate on them. He has lost it and when confronted, I am the crazy one that doesn’t know what I am doing. I am at a loss.

Comment from: nightowl51, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

I'm 50 and have sleepwalked for 10 to 12 years. Every time is similar; I find out from my family (next day) that I've attempted cooking. Never seemed unsafe until I learned I put a pizza box in the oven. I'm narcotic-free and nothing else listed exists in my life to cause this. My stress level has multiplied exponentially since 2008 so this must be it. My point: do your research before diving in head first into the medical system. Be confident... you may be able to take care of this yourself.

Comment from: sweetsandy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 04

I am 58 years old I've been sleepwalking, or not sleeping really well for the past 12 years. My sleepwalking has changed. I'll find myself I wake up and just standing, and other than that I'm starting to fall. I'll walk to one side of my living room for some reason, to the mantle of the fireplace, and I'm standing there I don't know for how long. But the only time I wake up is when I'm falling, and that is a lot of times. And I'm starting to get pretty banged up and this happens very frequently. I very rarely get a good night’s sleep. I had a sleep study years ago and the doctor said that I was getting like 35 minutes of REM sleep and therefore fatigued and tired all the time, but that's my story. I got a medical doctor put me on Restyl and it was helping me although it was only 15 mg. She referred me to a psychiatrist for my depression and anxiety, who put me on a half a milligram of Klonopin, and now the doctor took me off the Restyl. She said that she couldn't prescribe it as long as I was seeing a psychiatrist. I don't understand it because she referred me to a psychiatrist. I wonder if I should see a sleep specialist because it's getting worse instead of better, and I'm doing some really strange things sometimes. I've done some crazy things, forever wanting to sit up or lie down to sleep. I don't know if all this has something to do with my trauma in my childhood or not. I guess that's possible because I've been in therapy off and on since I was 15, and I have been on medications prescribed by a neuropsychologist, for depression and anxiety since I was 15.

Comment from: Lissy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I am still sleep walking at 52 years of age, have walked my whole life, way too many stories to tell. I am getting concerned as the injuries are getting worse maybe as you get older it is slower to heal. I have never spoken to a doctor about this, and it has always been a bit of a laugh with my family as to what I get up to, although not funny staying higher than ground floor. Since being victim of a head on car crash it has got really bad, I scream out most nights and walk often, or so they tell me. My cousin slept, walked off a moving train and died, hence no sleeping on trains.

Comment from: Ms L, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I just started sleepwalking 2 months ago. I take Seroquel (200mg) at bedtime along with 30 mg of Restoril and 10mg of zolpidem. My first time was leaving my apartment and going up to neighbor’s. She gave me coffee and walked me down to my apartment. Apparently I left again and went to another tenant’s apartment and asked for money. I got out of bed another night and sat on my kitchen floor eating cereal, the bag turned upside down. I woke the next morning to find a bag of cereal on the floor. Another time when I woke up I found a toasted bagel sitting in the toaster. Another time I discovered in my sleep I made ham and eggs and ate it.

Comment from: haha, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

My friend's sister is an adult and recently sleepwalked right off her front porch and did a face plant into her garden breaking her neck and requiring many months of physical therapy.

Comment from: Tina, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have been a documented sleep walker now for 8 years. I see a neurologist on a regular basis. I take 150mg of Elavil at night, and only sleepwalk now if I am under stress. I also have an eating disorder that occurs in my sleep. I have done housework in my sleep, got dressed, left my home and woken up somewhere else. I have had injuries as a result of sleep walking on more than one occasion. Police have brought me back to my home twice.

Comment from: chuckie, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 28

My son has PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). He is a wounded Iraq veteran. He is sleep walking and when he does this he falls down and ends up hurting himself. Just the other day he fell down the basement steps and bruised himself up pretty badly; it really worries me.


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Comment from: Stormy_Skies_36, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: November 01

Once a few years ago I woke up in my bedroom and I was at my bedroom door. The next time I woke up beside my bed. Also a few months ago when I went on a vacation with some of my family my cousin (Who I had to share a bed with) said I was awake and I was talking in my sleep.

Comment from: patient 907838, 7-12 Male (Patient) Published: September 16

I only know of the one time i sleepwalked, and it was 2:00 am when my mom got up I apparently got out of my bed and went to the couch to sleep, and she saw me do it. Here's my side of the story I went to sleep in my room, when i got up was in the living room. I was 12 years old (almost 13).

Comment from: Logan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 09

Hi yesterday I went to a neurologist for headaches etc. He prescribed Elavil for me. I remember taking the pill and that is about all. My daughter got up at 3:55 to feed her baby and she said my dog was on my bed barking and my jeep and I were gone. I woke up dressed in shorts and a t-shirt with my cell phone under my butt. I was in a daze all day long. She approached me this morning and asked where I had gone? I don't know. I am just glad i made it home. I do not ever remember being so groggy when waking up ever. Wow. I’m still groggy and it is 10.50 at night. I’m afraid to take another pill.


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