Something happened last week that I am a bit freaked out about, and I think it may be related to my
Lucid Dreaming thread
that I made recently. However, it wasn't a dream, and I'm not
sure exactly where it belongs, so I am putting it here in the Chit-Chat forum. [ETA: A Mod later moved this thread from General Chit-Chat to the Grey
Apparently, I got up in the middle of the night, and wandered right into a full-length mirror that stands in the corner of the bedroom. The mirror in
question is one of those that rests on a stand that has a base with wooden supports on each side that support the mirror, and you can tilt it back and
forth, like a see-saw. Anyway, I walked right into it and it fell over on top of me. My husband was awake at this point and talking to me, worried,
asking what I was doing. I didn't respond, but kept wrestling with the mirror, until I got it back upright on its stand, which took some time. He
was afraid I might have broken the mirror and might be hurt, but since I was not responding and was continuing to wrestle with the mirror, he was
afraid to interrupt, in case it would make me more confused.
So anyway, I got the mirror back upright, and then I headed into the bathroom, which has my closet door at the end of it. I open up the closet door,
go inside, turn the lights on, and proceed to rustle and rummage around in the closet for 5-10 minutes. The whole time, my husband is talking to me,
trying to get me to come back to bed as we have to get up early in the morning. Eventually, I turned the light off and went back to bed.
I woke up in the morning and felt very out of sorts. I was disoriented and drowsy, and usually the shower wakes me up and I feel fine, but this time
it didn't. While I was in the shower, I started shaving my legs like I do every day, and above my right ankle I noticed I had this huge blue/green
goose-egg type bruise. About this time, my man is walking into the bathroom and he asked me, "Do you even remember walking into the mirror last
night?" Um... no - I totally did not remember any such thing, but I played it cool and said something like "I was half asleep."
Later, we were on the way to work, and he brought it up again, and then I admitted that I didn't remember anything at all, and he described the full
episode to me, tells me that he thinks I might have been sleep walking, and part of the reason he didn't get up and physically restrain me is because
he has heard that sleep walkers can get violent. And then he tells me that this isn't the first time he thinks I have sleep walked. Wow. He said
this was the worst, and he was really concerned I might have hurt myself - at first he thought I actually broke the mirror over my head and he was
going to have to drive me to the hospital. Luckily, that was not the case.
So now, I'm freaking out a bit. Last week, I made that thread I mentioned above, about how I finally had a fully lucid dream - and I attributed it to
the fact that I was so exhausted that even though I started to wake up, I did not wake up fully and so I was able to continue sleeping while becoming
conscious. Now, here I have this situation where I was completely unconscious, and yet I got up and walked around and even engaged in this struggle
with the mirror where I even bruised myself up pretty good, and yet I didn't wake up.
I looked up Sleep Walking and found the top factors are:
Sleep Disruptions - Check - I have on-call duty for my work where I am woken up at all hours of the night with no warning.
Lack of Sleep - Check - I catch up on weekends in-between, but some days I am quite low on sleep.
Stress - Check - That particular day I had spent the entire day on an interview panel, interviewing a bunch of people for a job they all really
wanted, and I was stressing out in the evening about the choices we recommended to the hiring manager, the person who is currently filling the role,
who no doubt would like to continue, and so on. The last time I interviewed others was prior to the recession, and the entire flavor was completely
different - all of the candidates were HUNGRY for the job, so I really felt the pressure.
Anyway, I am wondering if anybody else here on ATS has been told they sleep walked, or to what extent this played out? I am going to try to make sure
I get to sleep early enough, do more yoga for stress management, and I noted this episode in my calendar and will track any additional episodes. I
asked my husband to tell me whenever he thinks it happens, so I can track it, and I guess if it happens a couple more times or gets worse, I should
probably go see a sleep specialist? Please let me know what your experiences are...
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