Send Us Your Sleepwalking Stories
Since In My Sleep is about a man who does unusual things while he’s sleepwalking, we thought it would be fun to hear about the unusual things YOU have done while you were sleepwalking (as long as it’s not murder!). Email us your stories or upload your videos to YouTube and send us the link to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are our favorite stories:
Breaking My Foot
We just bought a new king size bed. I always sleep on the edge but this night my husband went to bed before me so I had to sleep on the inside by the wall. I had a dream there were a pile of red baby snakes between my arm and my side (I hate snakes!). I threw the covers off, stood up and yelled at my husband "Come on we gotta get out of here!" He woke up and said "huh?" then watched me RUN off the end of our bed. I woke up about midair and when I did we both heard a SNAP! I broke my foot and sprang my ankle too. That was a bad way to wake up. That was almost two years ago and I still have problems with my foot. And I still sleepwalk and freak my husband out all the time.
- Valerie Maher
Taking a Bath
Late one night, when I was about fifteen, I was brushing my teeth and getting ready for bed. My eleven year old sister walked in the bathroom and started filling the tub. It was about 1am and I was very perplexed by her actions so I asked her what she was doing and she replied, "I'm taking a bath." I grumbled something about at least waiting for me to finish brushing my teeth but before I could finish the sentence she had jumped in the tub with her nightgown on. She sat there for a few seconds with the water running, before waking up and she immediately started crying. I was laughing hysterically as it wasn't until she woke up crying that I realized she had been asleep the entire time.
Up the Stairs
I have been sleepwalking, usually under stress, since I was 9yrs old. My latest episode came not long after our 2nd child was born. I dreamed I was carrying him up some stairs and decided I had to put him down on a landing and go the rest of the way up by myself. When I came back down I couldn’t find my baby! And the ceiling was caving in on me! I couldn’t figure out where my baby was and why the ceiling was coming down so I continued down the stairs. I woke up as I crumpled to the floor having stepped off our bed to the floor- much farther than the single stair step I was expecting and realized the “ceiling caving in” was only because our bedroom is a finished attic with angled ceilings. Thankfully my little boy was sleeping soundly in his bed!
The Sleeping Strangler
In college, I caught the flu, was prescribed Sudafed and went to bed. Next thing I remember, my roommate in my dorm was laying in his bed looking up at me asking me what I was doing. I was standing over the head of his bed, looking him in the eyes upside down, shaking him by the shoulders and neck. But I like to tell the story that I was strangling him.
Making Out In His Sleep
I have a diagnosed parasomnia, just like in the movie. Sleep study, multiple doctor visits, the whole bit. One night, a few years ago, I was asleep next to my girlfriend. In the middle of the night, I apparently rolled over and began making out with her. Things got hot and heavy, and soon enough we were fully going at it. About half way through this romp, I wake up totally surprised and asked her, "What are you doing?"
Let's just say, that was not what she wanted to hear.
Sleepwalking Murders Have Long History
Here's an interesting story about a sleepwalking murder case:
Right after my wife and I were married, I started having unusual nightmares. Before we had children, I use to sleep in the buff, and one night I 'awoke' screaming, "NO, NO, NO", jumped out of bed and headed for the front door. My wife pursued me and began yelling. Fortunately, I awoke suddenly, standing at the front door in the raw with my hand on the doorknob.
One night when I was a kid, I began sleepwalking down the hallway. On my left was the bathroom and on my right was the office. My mom was watching me wondering what I was doing as I turned to go into the office. Once in the office, I opened a desk drawer, pulled down my pants and was about to use the bathroom because in my sleep I thought that the drawer was a toilet. Luckily my mom stopped me before I actually went to the bathroom.
I had a friend who grew up having sleepwalking tendencies that turned into sleep-driving tendencies. At night she would sleep-drive down the highway to her brother’s house, pull into his driveway, honk the horn, turn around, and drive home. In the morning, she would wake up really tired and remember having dreams about different road signs. Once she discovered what she was doing, we resorted to tying her to the bed and giving her medicine to keep her safe at night.
Sleepwalking As a Kid
Once when I was 5 years old, about an hour after my parents put me to bed, I started sleepwalking. I walked downstairs and sat on my dad’s lap. Apparently we had a lengthy conversation before he walked me back up to my room. A little bit later, he came upstairs to check on me. On his way down the hall, I came tearing out of my room, still asleep, and ran into the bathroom with my underwear around my ankles.
7 Documented Sleepwalking Murder Cases
Some interesting murder cases involving sleepwalking that have been documented over the last hundred years.
Snakes in My Bed
Usually when I sleepwalk, I act out whatever happens in my dreams. One night I had a dream that there were snakes in my bed, slithering through the sheets and between my legs. Freaked out, I decided I needed to remove the snakes from my bed. While still sleeping, I took all the sheets and blankets off my bed, went outside in my underwear and began shaking them out. Halfway through I remember thinking that there were clearly no more snakes in my bed, but I shook out the rest of my sheets anyways. Then I went inside and re-made my bed, all while I was sleeping.
Locked in the Bathroom
I don’t personally remember this event, but this is how my parents tell it. Once when I was three, I slept walked to the bathroom. Once inside I locked the door and curled up on the bathroom floor. They couldn’t wake me up so the bathroom was out of use for the rest of the night.
I have a friend who has a history of sleepwalking. Last night, he went to bed shirtless. This was around 11:30, and his roommate had not yet returned. When his roommate got back to the room around 2am, my friend was found wearing one of his roommate’s shirts. Apparently between the hours of 11:30pm and 2am, my friend got out of bed, dug through his roommate’s clothing, took a shirt, and put it on.
A Midnight Snack
My grandfather sleepwalks fairly often, and this is the strangest story about him that I've heard. One night my grandmother woke up to use the bathroom. When she went in, she found my grandfather sitting on the toilet butt naked wearing only a knit hat and eating peanut butter with a butcher’s knife while still sleeping.
Murder in the Night
Here's a documented case of England's first unconscious murder.
Freaking Out Roommates
I have two stories, one from high school and one from college. In high school, I was at field hockey camp, and we all slept in this huge room with bunk beds. One night I got out of bed and walked across the room and spent about 15 minutes trying to wake up one of the other girls who I was convinced was in my bed. Eventually I stopped and went back to my own bed. About an hour later I woke up standing at my bed still trying to figure out which bed was mine.
My second story is from college. In my dorm room, my roommate and I had our beds lofted, which meant they were about 5 feet off the ground. One night, my roommate woke up to me standing on the very edge of my bed, hugging a teddy bear staring at her. She said it was really creepy. I’m just lucky I didn’t take one more step forward and fall off my bed!
Ready to Hunt
My mom told me this story about her brother who has a history of sleepwalking. One night, about an hour after her brother went to bed, he came running down the stairs to the front door in his underwear. He opened the door and yelled, "Don't shoot the deer yet, Daddy! I'm comin' with my shotgun!" As he went to get the gun, the living room, still full of his friends and family, erupted in laughter, and he woke up.
Sleepwalking or Not?
This is an account of a murder case from 2001 about a man who claimed to kill his girlfriend while sleepingwalking.
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