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School Project[edit]

As a project for school, I am required to edit this article, and I see that a lot of editing has been done already!

As an important subject in my sleeping and dreaming class, I think it would be very important to see more information about the reasons as to why not wake a sleep walker and maybe throw more rare cases in. For example, I personally know my mother eats cotton balls when she sleep walks when she is stressed. Nothing else, no food, just cotton balls! How strange is that? (She doesn't swallow them though) If waking the sleep walker is

I also noticed the statistics comments, and noticed that was basically fixed, so that is perfect!

Cannot wait to do more research on this topic (talk) 03:28, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

Sam.kazda04 (talk) 01:40, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

REM sleep[edit]

The article mentions that sleepwalking is not the acting out of dreams because it is before REM sleep. However, it has been proven that dreams can and do occur before and during REM sleep. (talk) 13:05, 24 July 2009 (UTC) It depends entirely on what you mean by a dream. There are different forms of mentation during sleep. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 18:04, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Never wake a sleepwalker[edit]

PLEASE CHECK OUT THIS GOOGLE REFERENCE BY BOARD CERTIFIED PHYSICIANS ON ALL ASPECTS OF SLEEP-WALKING. IT IS IMPORTANT!! THANK YOU: eMedicine - Somnambulism (Sleep Walking) : Article by Gregory ... Somnambulism (Sleep Walking) - Somnambulism (ie, sleepwalking) is a disorder of ... tonic-clonic seizures; abrupt withdrawal may cause status epilepticus; ... - 88k - Cached - Similar pages

A common myth surrounding this disorder is that one should never wake a sleepwalker while they are engaged in the activity. In truth, there is no implicit danger in waking a sleepwalker, though the subject may be disoriented or embarrassed when awakened.

Any second opinion on that?


I added that. I found it on a sleep disorder web site, which looked pretty authoratative (it's probably at one of the external links). If you found conflicting evidence, we can discuss it. Next time, sign your post. You can do this with 3 or 4 tildes (~~~ or ~~~~). Peace. :-) Frecklefoot | Talk 17:00, Jul 24, 2004 (UTC)


I am currently enrolled in an A.P. Psychology course and in fact just finished a quiz recently on this subject. In my class and in my textbook, it stated that you should not wake a sleepwalking person when they are engaged in a dangerous person. Since the article states this, you should know that the person will become very disoriented when they are awoken. This disorientation would cause the sleepwalking person to be more likely to be hurt. Instead of waking them, you should speak to them calmly and ask them what they are doing. After they reply, you should continue speaking calmly and tell them that you will take care of whatever they were doing and tell them to go back to bed. They will usually comply. Just thought I would add this for discussion before posting.

Jtconroy88 22:12, 23 November 2005 (UTC)


I totally agree with you. It is best to ask the sleepwalker what he/she is doing. They will probably answer and go back to bed.

There is a big difference between startling a sllepwalker enough to hurt themselves by maybe falling down, and getting your butt kicked for waking up a sleepwalker. Just because you shouldn't wake a sleepwalker doesn't mean you should never because you will DIE! 04:19, 26 July 2006 (UTC)


I was told that if you wake a sleep walker they get a heart attack —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:47, 18 March 2009 (UTC)

To agree with many above, it may be dangerous to the onlooker if they are confrontational with the sleepwalker, proximity being a major risk factor for violent behaviour during sleep. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 18:03, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Personal Experience[edit]

From time to time, I've gotten up out of bed and got to the door of my room - usually I thought that I needed to leave and go elsewhere. My eyes were open at the time. Usually I'd get as far as the door to my room, then wake up the rest of the way long enough to go back to sleep. It only happens occasionaly. I can go a few years, have this happen a couple times, then go a long time again with it not happening. Would that qualify as sleepwalking?

JesseG 04:36, Aug 31, 2004 (UTC)

I am not a doctor, but it sounds like it to me. Frecklefoot | Talk 13:34, Aug 31, 2004 (UTC)

in my psych class the professor said you shouldnt wake a sleepwalker because they will jhust go into stage 5 sleep (REM sleep) and that will result in them just falling to the ground fast asleep, which can hurt them if you arent properly prepared. He said to just lead them back to bed and make them lie down and they'll drift off on their own, no harm done.

yeah sometimes when i play my xbox all day i like sleepwalk at night around. my mum has to tell me to go back to bed even though i'm asleep

"Often the best way to deal with a sleepwalker safely is to direct the person back to the bed. However, the person may continue getting up until he or she has accomplished the task that prompted the sleepwalking in the first place." But what if they are "looking for the girl that controls the box" lol. that's what my brother said. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:42, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

I think the article should clearly express the known effects of waking a sleepwalker, because sometimes it has to be done. One of my ex-girlfriends used to sleepfight, meaning I'd wake up to her methodically punching me in the face. I'd shake her awake, which would instantly elicit confusion and distress, but sometimes you have no choice. It certainly didn't cause her any real harm (at least no worse than the harm I was receiving). The Cap'n (talk) 17:54, 28 March 2011 (UTC)

Coaching Experience[edit]

I've had experience through helping someone that does this type of thing. I find that stopping the person generally doesn't work, because they are often in an "astral" world as they describe it. I believe the person is awake in the astral and somehow the body is still awake. Anyhow, practically speaking, if the person is prone to violence, I can see how someone may think that you are one scary monster and try to punch you since their reality is distorted at that point. Because of that, I would advise against forcing. However due to the fact that they are highly suggestible, I personally suggest talking to them. That works really well for me. Especially since they're highly suggestible. Some calm suggestions to go back to bed helps. However I do find that asking them to slightly wake up a little more helps a whole lot. It seems to pull them back into a lighter trance and it seems to place them into a safe zone before they go back to bed.

I would suggest hypnosis sessions to anyone with sleep disorders! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:31, 16 November 2007 (UTC)

My Sleepwalking theory[edit]

  • [1]-A Sleep Disorder Theory


I'm not sure if this belongs here, fix if necessary. I have experienced a sort of half-sleep on many occasions over the last 10 years or so. I remain aware during this state. My body movement is locked down, presumably because of a part of the brain that evolved to stop our ancestors and other animals becoming easy food when sleepwalking. I remember reading of an experiment where researches destroyed that particular part of a cat's brain (cruel bastards), and when the cat went to sleep and entered REM, it moved around, 'chasing imaginary prey'.

Anyway, I find in that state I am able to retain some degree of control. I have been able to open my eyes and look around, and can make limited movements of limbs. When I enter that state, I can hear odd sounds, either rapid high pitched pulsing, or, as happened a few days ago, ultra-rapid 'noise' (for lack of a better term). I can always wake up properly by concentrating. I am seriously not making this up. I would love to learn more about this. Is there a sleep doctor in the house?

DooMDrat 01:48, Dec 5, 2004 (AEST)

I experience that state from time to time. It is called sleep paralysis. Some people prefer to call it awareness during sleep paralysis, but it's the same thing. Check out the links I just provided to read up on it. Regards. :-) Frecklefoot | Talk 23:34, Dec 4, 2004 (UTC)


We need a photo for this article!

Just take a photo of yourself doing that classic "sleepwalker pose". Just joking. :P --Rachel Cakes 04:00, 22 February 2006 (UTC)
Can't some just be quick with a camera with a big fat flash, and capture a family member sleepwalking? hehe --Ysangkok 09:58, 8 July 2006 (UTC)


I added the urination part which is usually seen in sleepwalking children cases.


Thanks for your contribution. I reformatted it a bit, but it would be great if you could add a reference source for that piece of information. JoachimK 17:42, 8 February 2006 (UTC)

Yep I have resources "", this is one of them." In some sleepwalking cases, the child may urinate in an innappropriate place". It also advices that sleepwalkers should empty their bladder before going to bed.



I don't know how to format this - but I can testify for this one, I have experienced it personally. Twas very odd because I was still living with my family at the time and my father woke me mid-act. I was urinating to the wall to the right of our toilet. I remember a dream about being at a urinal from my school, but after reading some articles here and taking some psyche classes apparently that was entirely unrelated. Thoughts? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:47, 21 March 2008 (UTC)


The term "somnambulism" seems to be used by hypnotists as a synonym for a hypnotic state (or maybe for a certain type of hypnotic state). Does anyone know more about this?

Somnambulism is actually the scientific name for Sleepwalking, but I guess people use it to define trances as well.

Klesk 16:53, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Actually, not that anyone really cares about these things, the word is Latin: somnus (noun) sleep and ambulare the infinitive "to walk". The scientists came along later. David91 17:17, 23 February 2006 (UTC)

Sleepwalking statistics[edit]

The current statistics do not make sense to me:

'Somewhere between 1% and 17% of U.S. children sleepwalk, and juveniles are seen to be those more prone to the activity. Some 18% of Americans are prone to the act, roughly 2 in 11 of the US population One study showed that the highest prevalence of sleepwalking was 16.7% for children of 11 to 12 years of age. Boys are seen to be more likely to sleepwalk than girls.'

The first is fine, but the second implies that children are 'less' likely to sleepwalk. If 17% of U.S. children sleepwalk and 18% of all U.S. citizens sleepwalk, the percentage of of non-children would have to be higher than that of children. The paragraph immediately before this contradicts this.

The third statistic conflicts with the second as well: if the highest prevalence was 16.7% the overall average should be below that number, not above. Even if 100% of the population were children of 11 to 12 years of age it could not be raised. Possible explanations of this are the note that this was "one study" and also no mention of the U.S. is made. At any rate, I am now confused and none of the four have specific references. MrHen 23:42, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

I'm removing them for now because stone cold told me to. 04:25, 26 July 2006 (UTC)

What? "Americans" doesn't mean "U.S. adults." Children born in the U.S. are also Americans. (talk) 19:09, 6 December 2011 (UTC)


This article is in desperate need of citations. I'm going to keep it on watch and make sure some citations are put in. 09:22, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

I tried looking up some citations however searching led me back to the Dement page which cites an unspecific "medical report" with regards to the statistics. Looking for that report proved troublesome since most hits resulted in "pay to play" dissertation sites that require a fee before accessing any of their hosted papers/documents. There was a newspaper article at "The" that used the same statistic however I don't think that passes the litmus test established in the Style Guide. Revlon 22:43, 14 March 2007 (UTC)


ARe there any videos of Sleep walkers available? Kotenks 00:54, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

I've plenty but on grounds of patient confidentiality I can't post them. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 19:29, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Expert Attention[edit]

Can this sort of article be tagged as needing Expert Attention? All the males in my family sleepwalk, and I'm surprised to see Wikipedia has a poor article for it, as I wanted to know more about it.

Often I get out of bed, change clothes, and go back to bed; a few times I have moved around my room and it has been utterly unfamiliar/I've been in another place; and often I imagine people in my room or in my bed. My brother once went out to the backyard because the dog apparently buried his wallet, and he got violent when I tried reasoning with him.

We all sleeptalk too, alot.Aeronox 05:28, 4 November 2006 (UTC) +++ The sleepwalking sections of Wikipedia have been VERY helpful to my family. It is excellent and confirms many episodes that my family has experienced in connection with 2 family members. Last night one of them - a 12-year-old boy living in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, awoke at a church-hosted camp in the mountains - was found sleepwalking in the woods. He sleepwalks at home occasionally and has been task-oriented at times during these episodes, but NEVER remembers ANYTHING that has happened while sleep walking. This boy's uncle (mother's older brother) is the other sleepwalker in this family. (talk)bro_Rob204.111.120.102 (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 18:38, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Still no citations[edit]

Hi guys. I'm DrowningInRoyalty here, again. I'm still waiting on those citations. I really don't have the time to do so, so I'd appreciate if someone could go out and get them. If not, well, I'll try and gather up some of my time to gather reasonable sources and add the citations and remove what is false. Thanks. DrowningInRoyalty

Change 'Trivia' Head[edit]

Maybe we should change the 'Trivia' section to 'In Popular Culture'? Or add the headline? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Digitalapocalypse (talkcontribs) 23:27, 21 December 2006 (UTC).


the article makes it sounds like just being extremely tired and slow reaction time classifies as sleepwalking. i always thought of sleep walking as actual sleeping with eyes closed while walking around and doing stuff.

The eyes are not closed in sleepwalking Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 19:30, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Sleeping pills and sleepdriving[edit]

I've read some reports recently that sleeping pills can cause "sleepdriving". Perhaps someone can update the article with that information? 21:29, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Sleep Murder[edit]

There have been serveral cases of people appearantly commiting murder while sleepwalking: [2], [3], [4]. 21:40, 17 March 2007 (UTC)

Bad Article[edit]

I am not an authority on sleepwalking nor have I read much about it BUT I am qualified to say that this article is terrible. All this information about how to act towards a sleep walker and how to deal with a sleepwalker is pointless for the most part. For example this sentence "If you feel you should mention their sleepwalking to them for safety reasons, try to do so without mentioning any embarrassing behaviors they have engaged in." does not belong in an encyclopedia. The articel should focus on what sleep walking is, what causes it, dangers it presents or doesnt, myths sorrounding it, etc; it should nNOT focus on etiquette. Also there are way too many unsourced statements and opinions present in the article.Eno-Etile 00:09, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

Wonderful Article[edit]

The information in EVERY part of Wikipedia's attention to sleepwalking has been very helpful to a number of interested folks. We wish to express our sincere gratitude. Please ... keep it up. (talk)bro_Rob204.111.120.102 (talk) —Preceding undated comment was added at 18:46, 6 August 2008 (UTC)

Any connection to sleep paralysis?[edit]

I had heard that the malfunctioning of sleep paralysis in people is what causes sleepwalking. Sleep paralysis is the natural mechanism that is enforced by the body to stop people from 'acting out' their dreams.. — John Stattic (talk) 03:12, 30 May 2007 (UTC)

You're referring to REM sleep behaviour disorder, which is another parasomnia. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 19:22, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

A part of it[edit]

"Sleepwalkers engage in their activities with their eyes open so they can navigate their surroundings, not with their eyes closed and their arms outstretched as parodied in cartoons and films. The victims' eyes may have a glazed or empty appearance and if questioned, the subject will be slow to answer and will be unable to respond in an intelligible manner."

This paragraph in my opinion is false, on some degree. My mom and step-dad have said that I walk around the house when I am sleepwalking, sometimes saying I've had a nightmare, sleptwalk in there, and said to my step-dad: "I've had a nightmare." then sit down on the couch.

However, I am not slow to answer whilst sleepwalking; I also can respond intelligently. For example, my mom asked me a lot of questions - on video tape, I might add - whilst I was sleepwalking. I was able to tell her:

- What number Pi was, about (3.14) - The square root of Pi (about 1.77) - The first postulate of Einstein's theory of special relativity - What I wanted (I was hungry, and I needed to use the bathroom)

Among other things.

Therefore, I think the last part ( "will be unable to respond in an intelligible manner." ) is false and should be removed...

However, my IQ is.. pretty high. It's genius level, according to some test I took... it was given by the United States Gov't. 04:48, 8 July 2007 (UTC)

The above doesn't sound like sleepwalking at all. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 19:24, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

The fact that your experience differs from others??? Does that warrant removal? or maybe just discussion?  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:03, 3 February 2008 (UTC) 

~Matthew Once again bad format but, I can affirm what the OP is saying here. I have spoken intelligently several times whilst 'asleep' and if it happens on occasion, it cannot be an absolute. So saying they WILL be unable to respond intelligently is not correct. They will be unlikely to respond intelligently would be more correct perhaps. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:52, 21 March 2008 (UTC)

I agree with the other folks on this issue. Sleepwalking doesn't necessarily inhibit a person's ability to speak normally.

According to my parents, I was a sleepwalker as a kid. I'd wander downstairs, join them in the living room, and intelligibly respond to any questions ... they didn't even realize at first that I wasn't awake. Once they got used to it, they would just tell me to go back to bed, I'd cheerfully agree and leave, and that'd be the end of it. Oddball Zoe (talk) 05:42, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

I have the opposite instance with my son, who is six - he has numerous instances of sleep-activity, at least once has gotten up and walked to the living room and urinated, or walked towards the bathroom and ran into the wall instead. When he is walking, his eyes are open, including in the event above where he walked into the wall. There are lots of instances where he is disturbed in bed and it is useless to talk to him (at most he will moan/cry) and it is very hard to get him to wake up enough to either go back to sleep or to actually wake up. Occasionally he says something semi-intelligent, but does not remember it in the morning. When he is asleep, he sleeps very soundly, and he doesn't remember any of these activities in the morning. So I think that MAY BE UNINTELLIGIBLE is about right. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:45, 22 July 2008 (UTC)

For several years now i've had a problem with talking in my sleep, the problem being that noone belive that i'm actually asleep. On several occations i've been late for school etc. because i relied on someone to wake me (most often my mom) and when i wake up several hours late i'm met with the reaction "i woke you, your eyes where open and you spoke to me". The problem is that noone will belive that i cannot remember any of it, i'm told that i once had a long argument about wether or not to stand up and i cannot remember a single word of it. So in my case the statement that one cannot talk nomally and rationally is completely false. On a side note, I've also been known to have lucid dreams quite often (sometimes up to several times a month), i am wondering, is this unrelated or could there be a connection? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:31, 9 August 2009 (UTC)

My girlfriend is a chronical sleepwalker. She even has several sleepwalking sessions per night occasionally. And 99% of the cases, she's had her eyes open, and they were reacting to moving objects, my hands' gestures, or the environment around her, and she's had a distant look. A couple of times she was even looking out of the window, even being able to recognize objects outside. She literally speaks out her dreams, mixes her dream with the real environment, and she doesn't remember anything, not even after viewing her, e.g. a video of her walking around, doing normal things, or just wandering aimlessly.

Anecdotal accounts of episodes that people claim are sleepwalking are irrelevant, especially when they contradict the diagnostic features acknowledged by sleep medicine experts. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 19:24, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Experiences of a chronic sleepwalker[edit]

A common misconception is that sleepwalking is an individual acting out the physical movements within a dream, but in fact sleepwalking occurs earlier on in the night when rapid eye movement (REM), or the "dream stage" of sleep, has not yet occurred.

I would completely disagree with the assertions in the introduction of the article. I've been sleep walking most of my life (I'm now 33) and can best describe the experience to non-sleepwalkers with this analogy:

While wide awake, imagine anything you like in your mind's eye and then try to imagine having that image overlapping the world as seen through your eyes, not knowing for sure which is real and which is imagined.

In every single sleepwalking experience I've had(hundreds), I'm dreaming while physically walking around. My eyes and hands are telling me I'm in the darkened hallway of my home (I'm vaguely aware of this), but my dream is convincingly telling me I'm in some dreamy location (such as a corn field, for example). I experience both environments simultaneously as I try to determine what is real, which is usually very distressing and confusing. The darkness in the waking world doesn't help, and once a light is turned on I'm told I often appear calm and return to bed. After waking, I have a blurry memory of the episode and find a trail of my adventure, such as pictures knocked off walls.

In one instance, during my teens, I jumped off a bed face first into a table. I can recall the impact, which in my dream, was jumping into water. I can also still remember seeing myself in the mirror of a brightly lit bathroom with my lip split open, surrounded by panicking family members. I felt disassociated with my physical self, and was certain I was dreaming because I felt no pain. When I woke up, reality sank in.

I would argue, through personal experience, that sleepwalkers...

-can sleepwalk during the dream stage (as I ONLY sleepwalk during dreams) -if dreaming, can continuously act out physical movements relevant to the current environment in a dream (darkness in the waking world helps to convince the sleepwalker that the dream environment is real) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:26, August 28, 2007 (UTC)

that's nasty, the part about jumping into a table thinking it was water. I hope you've been able to get the help you need. So, you didn't feel any pain when you hit the table? It didn't even wake you up? Usually if someone hits you, or you hit something you wake up, and you only felt the pain AFTER you woke up? Also, don't you ever think while your sleepwalking to turn a light on? The snare (talk) 18:25, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

Engaging in sexual intercourse[edit]

I am not sure about the line in the article mentioning sexual intercourse as a possible activity of a sleepwalker. The article which is reference seems to put some doubt on the claim, as well as support it. Tristan.buckmaster 02:13, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

It certainly doesn't seem like it ought to be presented in the way it is. If mentioned it should be done in a way that makes the ambiguity of expert support for the existence of the behavior clear, not listed along with eating and urinating. Does seem like a noteworthy thing to mention though - may also be a good way to illustrate how fraught diagnosis of more complex behaviors can be. The murder assertion is even less compelling, resting on ambiguous sources that are really reporting on legal defense than medical diagnosis. I think that also needs separating out and possibly not mentioning at all if there aren't better sources to be found that address it from a medical perspective. -- SiobhanHansa 03:25, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
There is plenty of evidence of the existence of sleep sex. These sites, for example discuss it:[5], [6], [7], and [8]. So there is nothing "ambiguous" about sleep sex, as it is somthing that actually happens. Also see the Sleep sex article. As for sleep murder (which has it's own article: Sleepwalking Murder), I'm sure there are more sources for it somewhere. 05:10, 26 October 2007 (UTC)
It's great to get more references. And we should present the significant opinions of experts in the area - but even the links you present here include a degree of ambiguity. The 2007 science daily link includes reference to it as "sexsomnia" as well as "sleep sex" and none of the references really seem to discuss its relationship to sleep walking. On the sleep murder front - the article seems as lacking in scientific evidence as the presentation here. If there are better sources we should try and include and reflect them, but at the moment, the way we're writing about it does not properly reflect the sources we have. -- SiobhanHansa 14:22, 26 October 2007 (UTC)

There is no doubt among sleep experts that sexual activity can occur during sleep, whatever label you put on it. There's several academic articles on sexsomnia/sexual behaviour in sleep. As for the comments about sleep murder, the only judgment there is a legal one! The burden and standard of proof depends (in common law jurisdictions) on whether the episode was judged to be a sane or insane automatism. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 10:55, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Another story from a chronic sleepwalker[edit]

I didn't start sleep walking until about a year and a half ago. I am 48 years old now. I have had some very scary and dangerous episodes. One time I was driving when it hit me. Fortunately my son was with me and had me pull over. However, I also can be very literate when I sleepwalking. When we got back close to the house, I had him stop and get gas, and then I got behind the wheel. He said I seemed fine. Home was less than a mile away. I didn't go home though. I almost hit a pedestrian, I decided to go into a grocery store, and hit the parking lot doing 35mph, and took out both tires on my passenger side. Luckily. My son called 911 and they put me in the hospital for FOUR days in the stroke ward, ran all kinds of tests, and found nothing. I have gotten up taken my clothes off and gone outside. Recently, it's just getting worse. I've fallen in the bathroom and fractured 2 ribs. About a week later I fell again and got a concussion. That was last month. Last night, I fell again and got another concussion. I lose all kinds of time when this happens. My kids put me back in bed, and I get right back up, I gave up my car keys last year after that episode.

I just had a sleep study about 2 weeks ago, and I hope they find something to tell me what's going on. Honestly, it scares me a lot. I have absolutely no control over what my own body is doing.06:20, 14 September 2011 (UTC)~~ — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hera0463 (talkcontribs)


None of the sources listed for the statistics are reliable; they are mostly just random web pages, some of them wiki-like. The only source that appears to be reviewed by medical professionals is the one, which is only used to support claims of sleepwalking murders. The article doesn't say these claims have been scientifically validated, only that they have held up in court. Actual medical sources are needed to confirm the information in the article, especially the statistics. -- Beland 17:21, 3 November 2007 (UTC)


Can anyone point out the specific jargon in the article that needs to be cleaned up, or should the tag be removed? -- Beland 17:24, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

Removed stuff[edit]

I have removed the following section because it makes no sense:

"Cause This causes REM atonia, a state in which the motor neurons are not stimulated, and thus the body's muscles do not move. Lack of such REM atonia causes REM Behavior Disorder."

Sleepwalking doesn't occur during REM, so mentioning REM atonia is irrelevant. The passage also doesn't say what causes REM atonia, but whatever the author intended, it's neither caused by or a cause of sleepwalking. REM behaviour disorder is a different disorder from sleepwalking. Reidlophile (talk) 14:41, 17 July 2008 (UTC)

How would you know if someone is sleep walking?[edit]

Since they have their eyes fully open, how would you know whether they are awake or are in fact sleepwalking? I wish I could "sleep-work" (some people have apparently) intentionally. The snare (talk) 18:35, 21 June 2009 (UTC)


This is the first article I have ever seen about a disorder that doesn't include a single word about methods of treatment for it. Since I know little about the topic, perhaps someone could start a section on this? --Jleon (talk) 14:20, 30 September 2009 (UTC)


can any animals sleepwalk? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:53, 8 November 2009 (UTC)

Uh oh[edit]

Looks like someone vandalized the page.. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:13, 9 March 2010 (UTC)

Some inaccuracies[edit]

There's no debate that sleepwalking is a legal automatism. It's not a medical automatism as such. Parks wasn't acquitted by the Supreme Court of Canada of course, that is the decision of the court of first instance. The Supreme Court refused the appeal of the Crown. The R&K Scale is no longer used.Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 18:01, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Brian Thomas[edit]

It is not accurate to say that Brian Thomas was sleepwalking. He suffered a night terror, possibly in combination with sleepwalking. Jack Hawkins legal academic & Times reader (talk) 18:56, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

Popular culture[edit]

Should this article contain any material about the appearance of sleepwalking in popular culture, and if so, how much? Martinevans123 (talk) 07:44, 15 August 2013 (UTC)


So, when i was younger i used to occasionally, while I was asleep, walk around the house and once woke up in a wardrobe. A little over 4 months ago, I went to bed and woke up in the morning with a cut on my wrist, I am a recovering self harmer(have been self harming for 8 years) and so I figured that as I had had the urge to self harm continuously for a few days that I had cut myself while I was asleep. Would this be classed as sleepwalking? If so, is there anyway that I can stop myself from cutting myself in my sleep? Stormy Nights (talk) 04:01, 29 December 2013 (UTC)