While at my brother's house over the weekend, something strange happened. I woke up on his couch with only my pajama pants and bra on when I knew for a fact that I went to sleep with a t-shirt on as well. Very confused, I got up to look for my t-shirt. I walked into the bathroom and found it laying on the floor. The only possible conclusion for waking up half dressed would be that I slept walked in the middle of the night. I have only slept walked a few other times in my life, but not in a very long time. Sleepwalking can be very scary! What if I were to walk out the front door and into the street instead of just removing my clothes in the bathroom.

Having this happen I decided to look into it and write a blog. Why is it that people sleepwalk? I found some interesting information on WebMD. I learned that sleepwalking is actually a sleep disorder that causes people to walk during sleep. It usually occurs during stages 3 and 4 which are the deep stages of the sleep cycle. There are different types of sleepwalking. From casual roaming around the house to actually trying to run and escape. If the sleepwalker returns back to sleep after the episode they are not going to remember what had happened. This is what must have happened to me!

Since I do not sleepwalk often, I was confused as to why it happened in the first place. While reading information about sleepwalking on WedMD, I looked up the causes of sleepwalking. Sleepwalking can be caused by genetics, medical conditions or environmental factors. The environmental facts included sleep deprivation, chaotic sleep schedules, stress, drug use and alcohol intoxication.

Since I am a full-time student and also work at a restaurant, I believe I know the reason for my sleepwalking. I have been under a lot of stress and also have had very hectic sleeping patterns due to work. To avoid waking up half naked on my brother couch I need to take better care of my health and make sure I stay stress-free and get plenty of rest!


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My brother used to sleep walk frequently so I found this particularly interesting. You mentioned a few of the possible causes of the condition and genetics was a possible answer. However, no one else in my family is known to sleepwalk. My brother doesn't drink or use drugs so it must be stress. But most of his episodes happened when he was younger and his lifestyle wouldn't exactly be considered a stressful one. My brother used to suffer from sleep apnea before he got his tonsils removed so maybe sleep was stressful to him and that caused the episodes! This article actually explains that there is a potential link between sleep apnea and sleepwalking. It's strange how things can be so oddly linked to each other. I'm not sure if he has had an episode recently, so I'll ask his roommates and if he has, hopefully we can just contribute it to his stressful college workload.

I have definitely done this before so this blog interested me. I looked more into this topic of sleep walking and found that 1 to 15 percent of Americans sleepwalk. It is also something that is most common among children (especially those who wet their bed). When an adult is sleepwalking it is usually for one of two common reasons.. 1: they are sleep deprived. 2: the complete opposite, when this person is taking sleep medication or is completely relaxed. I found this to be really interesting because once i thought about it, i realized that i am used to seeing kids sleep walk but i have never really seen an adult sleepwalking. There were some tips on WebMD about how to protect yourself against sleep walking, some things included locking doors and windows, cover glass windows with heavy drapes, place and alarm or bell on bedroom door, and sleep in a bedroom on the ground floor if possible. There are definitely some weird things about sleep walking and I am sure there is so much more that we are all still learning.

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