A question I often get asked as a sleepwalker is whether I’ve ever found myself in a dangerous situation. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced anything too hazardous, but I do know people who have.
My Uncle Butch, who’s a truck driver, was travelling down the highway one night when he decided to pull over and take a nap in his cab. Upon waking, to his horror, he realised he was no longer lying down on the seat; he was actually behind the wheel, driving full speed along the highway.
“For some sleepwalkers, safety is a real issue,” says Hailey. “Leaving the house, going out on the road, or acting in strange ways can create a certain level of risk.”
For me, this is great motivation to do daily things to help minimise the chance of a sleepwalking episode. Mindfulness is one solution, as is taking time out in the day to rest, so my body doesn’t get too revved up.
Hailey also recommends cutting down on caffeine and getting checked by a sleep specialist to see if there are any extra medications or treatments that could help.
I’m yet to find something that cures my sleepwalking completely, and funny stories aside, it is an issue I need to be aware of on a daily basis.
If you’re a sleepwalker and you’re looking for support, check out The Sleep Health Foundation’s amazing website – I’ve always found it really useful. Oh, and maybe think about tying a bell to your bedroom door.