Long story short - I met an old friend who works as a fire fighter and he was telling me of his room-mates, one of whom is a somnambulist. We had a short arguement where he stated that his room mate would sleep-walk on his night shifts, around 2am for a good half an hour, almost every other day. Now the controversial part - he says almost every other time, his friend is walking around their room, with the lights out, in total darkness without stumbling onto anything, perfectly dodging the surrounding beds, wardrobes and other trivial stuff. I laughed at that and said that was impossible but when i came back home, i found on google accounts of other similar cases. Allegedly, he's opening doors and going outside into the corridor for a smoke... with his eyes closed. If this is true, does anyone have an explanation?
I suspect that the most likely explanation is that your friend misremembered and that the sleepwalker in fact had his eyes open during his sojourns. It's not particularly unusual for sleepwalkers to engage in any number of activities while asleep, but with no recollection of the activities upon waking.Those who would sacrifice an essential liberty for a temporary security will lose both, and deserve neither. -- Benjamin Franklin
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A personal anecdote: I got into the shower and starting washing all in my sleep. My father woke me up by banging on the door (he wasn't too happy as my bathroom is above my parents' room and the running water woke him). I can't say whether my eyes had remained closed the whole time. Though I must say it's a weird feeling to wake up in a shower when you went to sleep in a bed."There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."