I did this blog in response to Jhon's blog "What is consciousness?" I did this blog as replacement point for missing the CON discussion during week 5!
While reading chapter 5, I came across a section on sleepwalking. Sleepwalking is defined as walking while fully asleep. I was surprised to find out that sleepwalking is relatively common in children, up to 30% have sleepwalked at least once.
I, myself, was included in that 30% and glad to find out I was not alone. When I was a young child, I sleepwalked frequently. My parents have numerous embarrassing stories of things that I did while sleepwalking, whether it be sitting in a dry bathtub pretending to take a bath or unknowingly getting ready for school, even though it was the middle of the night. I would have no recollection in the morning of my midnight escapades.
Even though those stories are quite funny, sleepwalking can be very dangerous. One weekend, my family was staying in a hotel. I sleepwalked out of the hotel room without anyone noticing. Luckily, nothing happened to me and I eventually found my way back to the room. However, this is not the case for some other children. There are horror stories of children who sleepwalk out of their houses and are found miles away with out proper clothing attire, etc. and still sleeping. Children who sleepwalk and engage in such dangerous activities can risk loosing their lives!
There are some safety precautions that parents can put in place, such as alarms that wake them if their child leaves their room. But other than that, there is not much a parent can do. Most children grow out of sleepwalking, like I did.
What determines if a child has a tendency to sleepwalk? Where you included in that 30%? Have you heard any funny stories about your sleepwalking adventures? Have you had any encounters with a person who is sleepwalking?