Chapter 5- Variations in Consciousness
Sleep talking and the stages of sleep pg. 164
(Also, it’s kind of hard to hear. You might want to turn up the volume.)
This is my father and a friend of mine talking at around 11:30pm. My dad is 100% asleep and had been for nearly an hour. Recording someone sleepwalking is quite easy, but hard to prove. I promise to you, he is sleeping. He doesn’t remember this happening. He actually doesn’t know I recorded him, which was the only way I could use it in my project. I have hundreds of stories of him sleepwalking, and all are equally hilarious. My dad sometimes become different people. Just the other day I was asking him a question and he answered with “I’m not your father but I’ll answer your question…poor kid.” One time he thought the year was 1994 and did not know anything about the Internet or certain TV shows. It is a great entertainment for our friends.
Somnambulism, or sleepwalking, occurs when a person arises and wanders about while remaining asleep (Weiten, 2008, p. 164). In our book, it says these episodes last from 15 seconds to 30 minutes. However, my dad has talked and walked for up to two hours until finally sleeping soundly.
We have had an issue with rats in our house, which is why he was talking about the rat poisoning. Also, he is a preacher so he quotes the bible when saying “No one knows the time or the hour…” Sometimes, he will cuss quite a bit while he is sleeping, and we say he’s just holding in what he really wants to say all day and lets it go while he’s asleep.
In our textbooks, it states that sleep deprivation causes a person to immediately go into the REM stages of sleep (Weiten, 2008). I believe Daddy’s sleepwalking causes sleep deprivation because he is not really resting, and his brain is still activated and alert. He falls asleep in less than a second after laying down, which isn’t normal. It usually takes 20-30 minutes for the average person to fall asleep. When I noticed he had fallen asleep, I looked at his eyes and they were instantly in REM. I don’t know if he does that every night or just the time I happened to notice, but I think his sleeping is all messed up because of his somnambulism.
Dr. Dukewich, if you have any opinions on his sleeping habits, please email them to me at email@example.com. We are really interested in trying to figure out what can help reduce the amount of time sleepwalking and increase quality sleeping time.