Revenge of The Sleep Walker


It’s getting to be that time of year again. The Halloween decorations have been brought up from the basement, I’m halfway through Steven King’s latest short story collection and there is a new season of American Horror Story on television. Scary movies have been in regular rotation and I introduced the teenager to The Evil Dead films. Last week my wife and I attended Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, a very cool experience for those that enjoy that type of thing, and I’m back to annoying my family by hiding this spider in various areas of the house.


I actually do this year round


The joke’s been on me, however.  None of these attempts at frightening myself or others have come close to the creepiness of a sleepwalking six year old suddenly discovered late at night when you think you are the only person awake, a glace across the couch finding a sitting figure long since thought to be asleep, empty eyes glazed over and vacant.


Sleep walking
no idea how long she was sitting next to me


It’s a condition called somnambulism, one that I’d heard of but had no idea was actually a pretty rare disorder, had no idea that it was actually considered a disorder. Affecting 1-15% of the population, but more common in children ages 3-8, sleepwalkers do exactly what the name says, usually within an hour or two of falling asleep, eyes open and creepy looking, no memory after the fact of their wanderings.

Sleepwalking seems to be hereditary, though nobody else in either of our families does it. There is a higher instance in bed wetters and those that experience night terrors but neither of those apply. She doesn’t appear stressed or anxious, isn’t on any medications or suffering chronic fevers. I smell her breath before bed to make sure that her teeth have been brushed so I’m fairly confident she isn’t going to bed intoxicated.

It just seems to be a weird little quirk, something that we make people aware of now when she sleeps elsewhere. Apologies to those that got a bit freaked out by her before we realized how often it was happening.

Like me, she’s a big fan of the season, her “traps” and “tricks” growing more sophisticated each Halloween. It’s almost a shame that her most successful frights, the times when I nearly do jump out of my skin, happen when she doesn’t remember them.


the sleepwalker cometh
ghostly visitor


20 thoughts on “Revenge of The Sleep Walker”

  1. I hope she doesn’t hurt herself. Is she aware that she’s moving?
    On a separate note, you ever notice how crazy Halloween decorations have gotten? It seems like they have taken off the last few years. Some of them are really cool.

    1. I don’t think she does. She just seems to walk downstairs and follow the same pattern almost every time. When she did it at a sleepover it seemed that she was doing the same thing. Its pretty weird. We have a seasonal store that we go to for costumes and decorations. Some of them are pretty elaborate. The houses in the area that we have trick or treated the past few years really go all out

  2. My husband would be ended if he left me spiders like that 🙂

    I didn’t know sleepwalking was considered a disorder or that it is hereditary?! You learn something new every day.

    1. I didn’t know either of those either until I looked into it a bit. There have been a few times my wife came close to doing away with me I think

  3. I have a husband that does this!! Not so often nowadays though I must admit. Must be that having a child of his own has made him tired enough to actually sleep normally!

    PS, how on earth did you manage Universal’s Horror Night?! I was terrified and respect anyone that can manage it!! Thanks for linking this up with #DreamTeam!

    1. It was really cool but I was actually hoping it would be scarier. My wife was really nervous going in and managed just fine

  4. Maybe you can videotape her so she can see, though that may scare her really badly. My best friend growing up was a sleepwalker for years and it was frightening for everyone. She had a key to our house and sometimes she would walk the three houses over and let herself in. The doctors think she may have wanted to play since we were always at each other’s homes. It was so bad (we lived on a busy 5 lane road) that they installed chimes to alert them if she tried to leave and they had to put multiple door latches on each entrance. Luckily she grew out of it and we all got to sleep again! #ThatFridayLinky

    1. yikes. I worry about stuff like that but so far she just comes downstairs and either stands behind me if I’m at the computer or sits on the couch if I’m watching TV. I haven’t noticed a pattern about specific days or anything yet

  5. Thankfully we haven’t had any sleep walking situations, but it would freak me out I=if one of my girls! They talk in their sleep, but that’s about it! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

  6. A bit worrying that she does this although I never knew it was a disorder really interesting read Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week

  7. I have always been a sleep walker AND talker. I would get up walk downstairs / into my parents bedroom and talk to them like I was awake. I haven’t ever really grown out of it either. The worst for me I pulled a unit over in front of my bedroom door which woke me and I was terrified. Nowadays I only do it if I have something on my mind but tend to be more aware and can wake myself up. My husband loves it when I start chatting as it makes no sense whatsoever.
    My dad used to tell me to go back to bed and stay there and that would be enough. He told my husband to never wake me as that is when I could get hurt because I was scared.
    I’ve not seen my little ones do it yet and I hope they don’t. I hope it stops for her. #ThatFridayLinky

  8. I would have had a heart attack, or tried to waken her and cause her one! That is crazy! And, oh, btw, that spider was next to my car yesterday in the parking lot… Was it you? Happy halloween! #ThatFridayLinky xoxo

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