questionsare you a sleepwalker?

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When I was 18 in my first year of college while living with my parents - I went to bed and woke up inside my mom's minivan in the middle of the night. I remember waking up and wondering why I was in the minivan. So I took the blanket from inside the vehicle and the garage was closed so I went through the front door which was unlocked. So I must have woke up, went down a flight of stairs, out the front door and in to the van.

Very very strange and I never did it again.

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@lavikinga: Funny you say that, because the thought has crossed my mind.

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@dillydally: There are more things in heaven and earth...who knows. I'd consider setting up some sort of camera system just to see if you really have something odd going on health-wise or weird-wise. Weird would be cool, and just in time for Halloween.

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I used to walk in my sleep, but quit doing it perhaps 10 or 15 years ago (I'm past 60, now). My daughter walked in her sleep a few times as a child, but never since (to my knowledge). I seldom did anything unusual, but I've always worn a nightgown for sleeping. I woke up more than once because I was outside, and my feet were cold. Imagine how much colder I might have been...

I think most people grow out of it, sooner or later. It's fairly unusual to continue to sleep walk after 25 or so. If you have a teenager or younger child in your house, that's probably who it is.

When I lived alone, and was worried about where I might end up, I'd put a string of bells across the door. It would startle me awake, and then I'd just go back to bed (after retying them).

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While I'm thinking about it, if you discover that someone in your house is sleepwalking, the best thing to do is to walk up to them, and put your arms around them. Be prepared for them to slump. You can then slowly guide them back to bed, since they're not really awake. A small child can just be picked up, but you don't usually see anyone sleepwalking before the age of 5 or 6.

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I haven't sleepwalked (as far as I know), but my brother did frequently as a preteen. One time shortly after moving into a new house, he sleep-walked into another bedroom, partially lifted the mattress and urinated onto the bed. The location of this bed relative to his actual bedroom was similar to where the bathroom toilet would have been in the old house.

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I can set up my webcam to start recording anytime it sees movement. That's a pretty cheap and easy way to see what's going on if you've already got one that'll do the same.

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The closest I've come to sleep walking was when I was a little kid. I woke up in the middle of the night all groggy and somehow went into my older brother's room and opened the door of his closet thinking it was the bathroom. I took a leak in his clothes closet and went back into my room to bed. Boy did I ever get pounded on the next day and for a long time after!

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Nope. Do have a son that woke us up in the middle of the night yelling at his brother to leave him alone. We of course yelled at the brother to leave him alone and go back to bed. He kept yelling. I got up to investigate and both were in their beds (different rooms) sound asleep...except for his yelling in his sleep.

This happened a couple of times after that but then just stopped.

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I think this so called "sleep walking" is how I've been going through life

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No sleepwalking in my family. @lavikinga does raise another possible explanation to your problem that was actually my knee-jerk reaction to your question. Definitely something is amiss.....curious as to how this turns out.

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I was on a cruise ship with my family and we all went to sleep in our cabin. I woke up running down the hall at 2am, without my key, and locked out of the room. Thankfully my brother heard me leave and opened the door for me.