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Agobot
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Message 1 of 8 (491637)
12-18-2008 5:15 PM


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?

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RAZD
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Message 2 of 8 (491642)
12-18-2008 7:27 PM
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12-18-2008 5:15 PM


mental map
All you need is a mental map. I do this at night without dreaming - walk around the house with no lights, and no stumble (as long as no one reorganizes the furniture). All it takes is concentration.

He's probably helped by 'dreaming' his mental map, so it seems normal to him.

And I'll bet he remembers nothing in the morning.

Enjoy.

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Granny Magda
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Message 3 of 8 (491644)
12-18-2008 7:42 PM
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12-18-2008 5:15 PM


The obvious way to test it is to get your friend to place a novel obstacle in his way. A soft cushion, a crocodile infested pit, whatever you have to hand.

It won't be part of his mental map and he wont see it so he'll fall over it (or into it, if you're using the crocodile pit).

Of course, when he falls, the sleep-walker will most likely awake and be pretty upset. Just tell him it's for science. I'm sure he won't mind. :)

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Message 4 of 8 (491645)
12-18-2008 7:56 PM
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12-18-2008 5:15 PM


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.


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Deftil
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Message 5 of 8 (491750)
12-20-2008 4:27 PM


I don't know how it works but people can really go on "auto-pilot" and do some surprising things when they're sleeping.

My mom gets up and walks downstairs in her sleep. She sometimes even grabs something to eat while being alseep. What's really odd is that what she grabs to eat is sometimes a candle. That's weird.


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Granny Magda
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Message 6 of 8 (491760)
12-20-2008 7:05 PM
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12-20-2008 4:27 PM


That's interesting. Does she actually eat the candle? Or does she take a bite and spit it out?

If she eats it, presumably she is dreaming of some more pleasant taste and experiencing that.

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Message 7 of 8 (491946)
12-24-2008 3:20 PM
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12-20-2008 7:05 PM


Hm, I'm not sure if she swallows any candle wax or not.

I will have to look into the matter further.


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Message 8 of 8 (492181)
12-29-2008 5:00 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Agobot
12-18-2008 5:15 PM


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.


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