Have you ever heard spooky sounds at the middle of night? As if someone is walking up or down the wooden stairs. What do you then? Out of fear, you refrain yourself to the bed.
But some of those out there, who aren’t afraid of a typical figure covered in white cloth, investigate; only to find one of their family members/mates sleepwalking. If he is walking down the stairs, what do you do? Wake him up? Beware, it might not be the most sensible thing to do in that situation. So, what happens if you wake up a sleepwalker? Let us find out.
Before we get into the main psychological part, let us understand what sleepwalking actually is.
Usually, sleepwalking for some includes normal everyday behaviors like roaming around the house, sitting up on the bed and dressing or undressing themselves. But in rare cases, some people’s sleepwalking includes cooking meals, having sexual intercourse, and driving; all in their sleep.
Sleepwalking can last for as less as 30 seconds or more than 30 minutes, depending on the brain activity as well as the reactions of the sub-conscious mind.
Why does sleepwalking happen?
Sleepwalking is a state where you are half awake and half asleep. The human brain keeps on cycling through the 3rd and the 4th stages in sleep, which are known as the deep-stages of non-REM sleep. It is in this stage that dreams cloud the mind and people take to sleep walking.
Sleep walking is mainly related to the dreams or imaginations that are going inside your subconscious mind. In the mentioned rare cases, if you come across a puppy lying on the road early during your day, it stays in your sub-conscious mind, pressed aside by the conscious mind for that moment, until your conscious mind activates its counterpart.
You might go the garage to take out your car and visit the exact place where you had found the puppy, to satisfy yourself with the fact whether it is still there or not. Sleepwalking mainly affects children between ages 7-15, because this is one of the most important parts of their lives, when they start mugging up their studies.
Most of it remains in the sub-conscious mind, and often they carry out the practical version of the theory version that they have memorized. Having said that, sleepwalking can also affect adults, whose stress level often remains high because of either their tight schedule or workload.
Having said everything one should never try to wake up a sleepwalker. Now that we know the psychological reason behind sleepwalking, waking up a person directly from the 3rd or 4th stage of sleep can be extremely dangerous for as well as the person braving the act. Often it has been reported that the sleepwalkers start hitting the person trying to wake them up and in the rarest of cases, there have reports of murder by the sleepwalkers!
It is of utmost importance to understand that waking them up can not only be a risk to you, but also to their brains. The short delta and theta waves may cease to pass and a person can even die of brain hemorrhage.
So what should you do if you find the sleep walker heading towards a danger?
It will be foolish of you to just stand there and see your partner experiencing the consequences of sleep walking. The remedy to sleepwalking will be to lead or guide your partner to their respective bed with your elbow. A little nudge can deviate their course, buy you may take to a little amount of force if the nudge doesn’t work.
Even if that fails, make sure you guard him/her from sharp and perilous objects. You can also create a loud noise by thudding or banging doors or by dropping a heavy and blunt object on the floor. The noise or the thud should wake him up.
Ways to avert sleepwalking
- Create a healthy diet plan and daily sleep routine. Go to sleep and wake up in the same stipulated time every day.
- Try and relax your mind before going to sleep. Take to reading casual stuff or music, which can sooth your mind.
- A door alarm can be helpful to wake you up in the middle of sleepwalking.
- Remove sharp or perilous objects from your bedroom before going to sleep.
These are a few ways which you can carry out to prevent sleepwalking, but make sure that you refrain from taking the hazardous way in order to put sleepwalking to a halt.