Journal Entry: Fri Dec 19, 2014, 1:24 PM
So here's a fun fact about me:
I'm a sleep walker.
It doesn't happen often actually. I've noticed that the only times I tend to sleep walk is when I spend a night somewhere I usually don't. For example, I rarely sleep walk in my own house or at my grandparents. When I sleep over at a friend's house, however ...
The most bizarre thing is that when I sleep walk I only do it for as long as it takes me to turn off every single light source. Friends, dorm mates, and family have told me that they've seen me literally pulling the phone and laptop chargers out of the socket, turning off Christmas lights, flicking off bathroom and kitchen lights, etc. I even turned off my niece's night light and I wasn't even sleeping in that part of the house.
So most of my night time adventures have been completely revolved around turning out lights ... I have no idea.
It's gotten so bad that every time I travel or spend the night at a friend's house I've had to inform them beforehand. This usually results in somenoe sleeping on the floor right next to the bedroom door to make sure I don't escape.
I've been known to unlock doors, too.
I remember having to travel with my digital art class to a university to participate in this statewide competition. We were all given a hotel room with 4 dorm mates and at least five to six chaperons on each level. I was so worried about sleep walking and entering people's rooms (because I have done it before ... to turn off their lights) that I immediately told one of the chaperons. She made a group switch rooms so she could have the one right nest to my group's. She told me not to worry about anything and that she would make sure nothing happened. I didn't know what that meant, but I trusted her. Two of my dorm mates even slept on the floor in front of the door just in case (I felt kinda bad about that).
So this is what went down: I did sleep walk around 3 or 4 am and my dorm mates said they just watched me walking around. Apparently I even started Googling random stuff on my laptop for a while. There were no lights to turn off in the room, either (everyone made sure of that), but they figured I was sleep walking because of the light coming from the hallway.
Anyway, when we woke up the next morning, one of my dorm mates went to go get us breakfast. When she opened the door, the opening was covered with strips of duck tape. We all laughed our butts off. The chaperon was so worried about me sleep walking around the hotel that she duck taped our door, thinking that the sound of me tripping would wake up my door mates.
I actually slept walked again last night, but in my own house. The difference was the medication I'm on due to my current illness. I ended up leaving my house and starting my car. Luckily, the sound of my engine woke me up. So, yeah ... no more of that stuff. It's actually a side effect of the medication, but I didn't really think it'd bother me. Well, nope. It did.
I remembering finding it odd hearing that you should never wake a sleep walker, but I understand now. I had a friend try to do it once and I ended up lunging at her. I didn't mean to-I was just so startled and it was dark (due to me turning off the lights in the kitchen). In that instance, I thought I was being attacked because of the way she was holding me. Needless to say, we woke up the whole house.
I think a lot of people buy into sleep walking myths too much. Like waking a sleep walker will cause them to have a heart attack or only adults experience sleep walking. Or that sleep walkers never remember what they've done or why. I remember most of the times I sleep walked-not every instance, no, but I can recall them. I don't always remember why I do the things I do when I do them. I just chalked it all up to me dreaming something while I did them.
So that's it ... I dunno. I just felt like sharing something with you guys. :3
That's your Ezzie fun fact of the day!