I’m not a sleep walker and I don’t know anyone who sleep walk’s, but after reading this article. I realized its a lot I was not aware of with this sleeping disorder. The information was educational to say the least. Check it out
Sleepwalking is a type of parasomnia, a group of “behaviors that occur in sleep that we typically wouldn’t expect,” said Dr. Charlene Gamaldo, medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It falls in the same category as sleep talking, sleep eating and other unexpected actions during sleep.
In fact, said Gamaldo, we may not even know everything that’s going on while we sleep. But based on what the experts do understand, here are some surprising facts about sleepwalking.
1. The time of night the sleepwalking occurs can tell you a lot.
Someone who sleepwalks shortly after falling asleep is experiencing a totally different stage of sleep than someone who shows similar behaviors later on in the night. Classic sleepwalking usually occurs within the first third of the night when a person is in non-REM (often dreamless) sleep, Gamaldo told The Huffington Post.
My boyfriend sleepwalks within the first couple of hours of going to sleep, often waking from it in the middle of the night. He’s woken up in the wrong bed, sitting straight up on the couch or even one time wandering outside his friend’s dorm room in the rain.
It’s important to distinguish what part of the night such sleep behaviors take place because if they happen later on in the night during REM sleep, it’s not called sleepwalking. Instead it’s considered REM behavior disorder (RBD), in which the person is often acting out dreams.
While sleepwalking is otherwise harmless (especially if the person is kept safe), RBDcan be the first sign of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease or Lewy body dementia.
2. The sleepwalker often has no memory of what happened.
Non-REM stage sleepwalkers typically do not recall what happened the next day, Gamaldo said. And yes, this goes for even the most elaborate sleepwalking actions.
Catherine Losurdo, 24, who has been sleepwalking since she was a teenager, said she left her hotel room in the middle of the night when she was visiting Spain.
“I had apparently walked outside our hotel in downtown Barcelona in my pajama shorts and a tank top, walked back into the hotel, talked to the hotel worker in Spanish and asked him to call my room,” she told HuffPost. “I walked back up about 10 flights of stairs to the room and don’t remember a thing. My mom had to tell me in the morning.”
Interestingly, those who have abnormal behavior during REM sleep are more likely to recall what is going on in their dreams and are often able to explain why they were acting in a particular way.