Well something very interesting happened to me a few nights ago… It was just a typical night and I was sleeping (or so I thought at the time). My sleep state was not very deep so as a result of that I was dreaming… Well I thought at was… The dream went like this, I was going just through my normal ritual of just checking my phone for messages while in bed. I see a message from a friend and respond, and thats it! This whole even only must of lasted 20/30 seconds in total. Now, it’s morning and I’ve woken up to check my phone to see that I replied to my mate at 3:44 am at the time which I was definitely asleep at.
Now calling it sleepwalking is a bit of a stretch since I did no walking while I was supposedly “sleeping”. Mind you, the definition of sleepwalking is doing non-complex actions e.g. typical routine while in a deep sleep. Which perfectly sums up what happened to me. I did a small amount of research and found that a “sleepwalk” (not sure if thats the correct terminology but oh well) can last anywhere between 30 seconds to 30 minutes. Of course, my’n is on the smaller end of the scale. On top of this I also discovered that a cause of sleepwalking is deprivation of sleep. Which seems fairly reasonable since my sleeping cycle hasn’t been the greatest over the last few weeks. I usually go to sleep anywhere between 1-2 am and wake up anytime between 8-10 am. Which is seems fairly reasonable, until I tell you that I’ve been going to sleep mostly at 2 am and waking up at 8-9 am due to builders 2 floors below me drilling into a wall every damn morning! Not a different wall but the sam damn wall every morning! The exact wall which my head is next to while I sleep. As a result this might have been a factor in causing me to do what I did.
Another thing that I read (although, I already knew this) is the fact that children are more likely to experience this than adults. Which leads me to the only other time when I ended up sleep walking. I can’t remember my exact age but I am pretty sure I was 10/11 years old at the time. I remember I went to sleep and I woke up and went to the living room, where my mum and my aunty were still talking, I walked past them into the kitchen and went to the bin and was about to start to urinate into the bin but my mum noticed I was sleep walking and guided me to the toilet and that was the end of that.
Now, these are not some crazy sleepwalking stories. What links them together is the fact that I remember both of them well. Which begs the question, was I actually sleep walking or I was actually awake but just didn’t realise and my head went on auto pilot. And at this point I don’t know which one is worse. The fact that at any night I can end up doing something I have no control over, or the fact that something in my brain is controlling these actions. This kind of reminds me of the main character from “Mr. Robot” (really good TV show if anyone is thinking about watching it), where the main character looses control and his alter ego takes over.
Of course, this is not something I realistically need to start worrying about. Since it has only happened twice in my 18 years of existence. However, that is two times more than most people have experienced in their lives. I mean I would be fine with it if I was just told about it, like someone seeing me sleepwalking. What worries me is the fact is that I end up remembering it which is not really supposed to happen. Tho a recent study has shown that you can remember sleepwalking in some cases. Anyway, that’s the end of that, hopefully this doesn’t happen again and I stay away from the sleepwalker life!