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Long History Of Sleep Walking (And Remembering Everything That Happens)

by Corey
(Durango, CO)

I've been sleepwalking since I was 4. Not every night, just randomly and often through out my life. The first time i did this, I remember making a sandwich and my brother asked me what I was doing. I got really angry and ran back to my room, cried and then fell asleep.

Most of my episodes after that were of me just aimlessly walking around my house (usually while I was napping) moving things, opening doors and cabinets then getting extremely angry when someone would ask me if I was awake.

I can remember what I was doing but my perception was entirely different than what was really going on. Example: The most embarassing episode was at my grandparents house when I was 13. I fell asleep on the couch and had a dream that my aunt bought me a pink dress but i hated it and wanted it in blue. I started crying hysterically and walked into the kitchen where my entire family was having lunch, sat down and just cried. Everyone asked what was wrong and without a word I went back to the couch and fell asleep.

My parents got used it and ignored the horrible mean things I would say in my sleep and put bells on all the doors and windows, but now that I'm 21 and I live with my boyfriend, it's kind of embarassing. Sometimes I'll sit up in bed and just stay like that for hours, i'll try to leave the house to find my cat (I don't have a cat) or the really creepy one is that sometimes i'll wake my boyfriend up and ask him what's in the corner of our apartment or ask if he hears loud banging and yelling, when he says no I get really mad and then just fall asleep.

I get lots of sleep and have an average stress level. I've done this for most of my life but i'm getting sick of the embarassment, i remember everything that happens but i can't control what i'm doing, it's exactly like a dream. I've asked doctors for medications but they think i'm just trying to get drugs, or give me sleeping pills (which make it 10X WORSE).

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