Sleepwalking *trigger, maybe*

Discussion in 'Mental Health Disorders' started by ~Nobody~, Dec 9, 2006.

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  1. ~Nobody~

    ~Nobody~ Well-Known Member

    I have always had periods of sleepwalking, ever since I was tiny.

    When I was very little, I'd do things like go downstairs, wake up my grandparents, and refuse to go back to bed until my grandma had made me toast. Things like that. Perhaps a little irritating for people, but harmless.

    Several years ago I started walking sometimes when I had nightmares, too. I'd run around, scream, cry, whatever. Sometimes it woke up my mum, other times I'd only know I'd walked beause I had wet feet, or woke up on the landing, or had bruises.

    Now that wasn't fun, but it only happened very occasionally. Maybe a few times a year. Usually when I was very stressed or worried about something, or if I was just ill and had a high temperature.

    Now, I suffer from PTSD. When I'm awake I often have awful "real" flashbacks, and panic attacks. I can get very worked up by the tiniest thing (for example, walking past someone in a shop who wears the same aftershave as the man who abused me) and suddenly feel very unsafe and basically terrified, and like I need to defend myself.

    I now sleepwalk in one way or another several times a week, at least. I have horrible nightmares about my abuser, things like that, and I walk really badly. I shout and scream, last week I actually ran out of the house and sat in the back garden, I punch walls and things, fall over and end up screaming at the floor and trying to beat it up. But the worst part is that I attack my boyfriend. On several occasions I've punched, slapped, scratched, and kicked him really violently in my sleep, just because I happen to be having a bad dream (but not walking) and he puts his arm around me or something. I feel awful about it. He's been great about the whole thing but it makes me feel so bad. He used to try to stop me (as anyone would!) by holding onto my wrists but of course that just makes me much worse, so he doesn't do that now. He just takes it.

    I was wondering if any of you know a way I can help stop myself sleepwalking so much, or so violently. I know that ultimately counselling is the answer, but I have to wait for that. Is there anything else I can do?
  2. ~Nobody~

    ~Nobody~ Well-Known Member

    No ideas?

    Fair enough. It's not as if I can think of anything. But then if I could I wouldn't have posted would I :tongue:.

    Meh, I can wait it out. If you can think of anything at all then please do reply. Thank you :smile:.
  3. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    I slept walked and wet the bed for a while as a child...twas due to child abuse.
    When I got the abuse sorted (psychotherapy for 4 years) The sleepwalking and bed wetting stopped. Still talk in my slep tho :laugh:
  4. jane doe

    jane doe Well-Known Member

    i´m a sleepwalker too but it doesn´t happends everynight, a friend of mine have a brother that puts a wet towel on the floor and it helps him. but i don´t know if it will work with you
  5. ~Nobody~

    ~Nobody~ Well-Known Member

    A wet towel? What, so the dampness woke him up?

    That might be an idea actually, though unfortunately even if it stops me running around the house screaming and attacking inanimate objects, it won't stop me attacking my boyfriend... :sad:.

    Dav, I hope to be getting some form of therapy or counselling around February, so I guess that's something :smile:.
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