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Question 22- My husband is acting strange in his sleep.

From: Nervous

Hello

My husband is a sleepwalker and will often get up in the middle of the night and make a bowl of cereal, eat it, put the dish in the sink and come back to bed without realizing what he has done. He also on occasion (probably once a month) will get up and get in the shower, wake up and get ready for the day before he realizes that it is 2 AM.

On occasion he will also get up to go to the bathroom and end up peeing out a window instead or getting confused and peeing in a closet.

Recently he woke up and grabbed my leg and lifted it in the air to look at it (later he told me that he was dreaming that we were skiing and that he wanted to look at the fittings). Last night I woke up to him standing over me with his fingers pointed like a gun and he said “right between the eyes” and then he started laughing and I woke him up and he went back to bed. It totally freaked me out.

Should I be worried that he is going to do something violent?

Nervous...


Answer Provided by Sandman
August 26, 2008

Yes you should be worried.

This sounds like REM Behavior Disorder (RBD), where people act out their dreams, could be happening. Many times there is bodily injury to themselves and others depending on the dream they are acting out.

Sleepwalking occurs in Deep slow wave sleep when dreaming doesn't occur. Typically it is not as violent as RBD, however, it is potentially dangerous also.

Safety is most important right now. Make sure any potential weapon is not available in the house. He should seek a sleep specialist ASAP. There are treatments that work.

Best wishes and Sweet dreams,

Sandman

Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.




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