Monday, April 02, 2007

Sleep Walker Talker

Is it possible to inherit a gene that causes you to sleep walk/ talk? I think my son inherited this (entertaining) trait from my husband. They don't just sleep walk or mumble in their sleep, they tell stories, steal pillows, and jump off the bed, (just to name a few.)

What is the most unusual sleep walk/ talk story that you have seen or heard?



Blogger GrovesFan said...

We were visiting my in-laws and consequently were all sharing a bedroom The kids had been asleep for sometime and my husband and I snuck upstairs to go to bed. We'd just laid down when our son (about 6 or 7 at the time) sat straight up in bed and said: "It's crunchy, crunchy, crunchy!" at the top of his lungs. He laid back down and was quiet the rest of the night! My husband and I both nearly peed the bed trying not to laugh and wake up the rest of the family! He also got into "fights" during his sleep when he was younger. At age 17 and 230 pounds, I'm glad he's given that up!


11:06 PM

Blogger Larissa said...

ha ha! my brother (when we were kids) woke up sitting on top of his tv, which was on top of his dresser, in his bedroom freaking out because he had no idea how he got there, but he was dreaming he was fishing!! he also regularly used to VOW he never ate ice cream the night before, but he'd leave the tv remote in the ice cream pail and we'd find it the next morning.

11:15 PM

Blogger kddub said...

Those are both very funny stories...

11:31 PM

Blogger Shanley said...

Oh my goodness I have too many to tell! I definitely think it is hereditary! My grandfather, my uncle, my mom, my brother and myself all have a pretty entertaining history of it!

8:52 AM

Blogger Seth Ward said...

My wife woke me up on night breathing like Darth Vader. She started breathing faster and faster and I finally tried to wake her. She then told me in her sleep that she was trying to scuba dive.

1:43 PM

Blogger FancyPants said...

Not just trying to scuba dive - I was scuba diving! I was running out of oxygen.

Brody jumps off the bed? like stands up and actually jumps off? Ha!

My old roommate used to scream bloody murder from nightmares. Like, freak me out screams. I was probably more scared than her. She'd yell stuff like, No! Get away from me! GET AWAY!! STOP!!!!! Oh man, it was so scary.

She walked in her sleep too. Once she got up in her PJ skimpies and grabbed her keys, telling me she was going to get milk. She started walking out the door.... I had to intervene. It was weird.

3:44 PM

Blogger urban mama said...

My husband tried to bust through our bedroom door by running and hitting it full on. He actually split the door doing this.

4:05 PM

Blogger Seth Ward said...

I forgot the actual name of the disorder but sleepwalking and talking is caused because of an imbalance in the brain where the brain forgets to tell the body that it is dreaming. Then there is the opposite side of that coin where you wake up and your brain still tells you to not move. This is more terrifying to me. My friend had this and he said he had to wait a full 2 minutes before he could even talk. He said he was screaming inside with his eyes wide open. Weird huh?

6:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remeber stories of brody jumping off beds and such. Dodging cars or trains or something. Good stories.

9:34 PM

Blogger kddub said...

Those stories make me laugh...

Shanley~ that is a lot of people in your family! I can only imagine what it must be like at night during family get togethers!

Seth and Fancypants~ That would be strange waking up to your spouse breathing like darth vader....scuba diving, and you couldn't breathe, how scary! Not to mention the blood curdling screams from your room mate. wow...

Jessie~ Levi is so intense! I can't believe he tried to bust through the door.

Jaimey, the story of Brody leaping over me straight into the wall to dodge a car in his dream, is one of the best stories..
He is quite the active sleeper. He's tried to "save me" from falling, which I thought he was attacking me, so we had a screaming kicking match one night. The harder I pushed to get away, the harder he held on to me. He talks, laughs, gets up. I really want to video him in his sleep, I think I will...
Eliot is now doing the same thing.

6:50 AM

Blogger euphrony said...

I've never been a sleepwalker, or much of a sleep-talker. But I do occasionally do what Seth mentioned, "waking up" but being quite literally paralyzed - unable to move, to speak, anything. Freaky as all get out.

My older brother has always been a sleepwalker. Once, his senior year in high school, my mom woke up hearing our front door open at 2 am, walked to the door and saw it ajar. She started to close it when a hand shot in and held the door open - she just about lost it. My brother had slept walked out into the front yard in his undies; never remembered any of it.

2:57 PM

Blogger GrovesFan said...

I'd love to see that video (providing he's wearing clothes of some sort of course)!


9:05 PM

Blogger Cristy said...

When my niece was about 10 (she's 17 now) she was spending the night with us. I woke up to her screaming, "She's got my cart! She's got my cart!" I followed her voice into the kitchen to find that she had emptied my cabinets onto the kitchen floor, she was dreaming that she was shopping and placing items into her cart, and that someone had taken off with her cart! What I couldn't figure out is why a 10-year-old was dreaming about grocery shopping?

When I told the story to my brother and sis-in-law, they told me that they have to lock the doors with a key because she's gone outside before. That would have been nice to know BEFORE I went to bed! (She also mistook the kitchen chair for a toilet once.)

9:35 AM


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