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15 Hilarious Sleepwalking Stories That Actually Happened in Real Life

Sleepwalking can include talking, eating, or disrobing, and it's a bit of a mystery to scientists. What we do know is that it can lead to some hilarious situations...

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Well, laundry is important

“I woke up late one night with all my sheets balled up in my arms and repeatedly crashing into my bedroom door,” recalls sleepwalking Reddit contributor, NW. “Apparently, I was trying to take the sheets to the laundry room.” Don’t miss these other other crazy things that can happen while you’re sleeping.

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So is vacuuming

“My mom woke up to find me in my underwear with the vacuum cleaner, steering it back and forth over the carpet, not even on, electrical cord still wound tight,” recalls Reddit contributor, WhatTheTuck.

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He was taking a gamble

Reddit contributor, FearAndLoathing122, was 12 when he sleepwalked out of his hotel room at the Excalibur in Las Vegas while on vacation with his family. “I got up and left the room, clicked the elevator button and waited. He was wearing only boxers and believes he was headed to the lobby—perhaps to gamble? Luckily, his dad got there before he could get any further.

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The best poker face

Sleepwalking Reddit user, Irrespressible87, was sitting cross-legged on his bed, holding up his hands as if he were fanning out a hand of cards when his dad walked in. “He greeted me, then realized the room was dark and my eyes were closed,” he recalls. “I ‘looked’ up at him, and declared that ‘every time I play this [bleeping] game, I get my [bleep] kicked.” Irrepressible87 then promptly slumped out of his bed and onto the floor.

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Things that make you go hmmm

Reddit user, JiveTurk3y, doesn’t sleepwalk, but his little brother does. “One time, I was in the kitchen for a late-night snack, and I heard my brother coming up the stairs…He always squints really hard when he’s sleepwalking, so I knew what was going on.” What he didn’t know was where it would lead: into the garage, where his brother was urinating on the hood of their dad’s car.

“What are you doing?” JiveTurk3y asked.

“Merry-go-round,” his brother replied. Then, without pulling up his pajama bottoms, he penguin-walked back to bed.

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A carnivore in his dreams

“My buddy sleepwalks,” says Reddit user, Gem_In_Eye. “Once when we were roommates, I found him sleeping next to a half-eaten steak.” The thing was, Gem In Eye’s roommate was a vegetarian. At least he thought he was.

Maybe he needs to read about the mental health risks of becoming a vegetarian.

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Her just desserts

Reddit contributor, legreatescape, isn’t a sleepwalker but has a friend who is: “She got up in the middle of the night and got a chocolate biscuit out of the packet,” legreatescape recalls. “Then she held it up to the light until the chocolate had melted, stuck the melty chocolate side of the biscuit firmly to her sleeping sister’s forehead and went back to bed.”

Remember that sleepwalking is a serious sleep disorder—and here are 11 other sleep disorders you should know about.

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She’ll be back

“I fell asleep on the couch while my boyfriend was playing video games,” recalls Reddit contributor, labeille87. “Apparently I walked into the bathroom turned on the hot water in the sink and filled a cup, then walked into the bedroom and asked how his game was going. He said he was getting slaughtered. I laughed said ‘it’s about to get worse.'” And then she threw the water at her boyfriend.

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A thirst for literature

Reddit contributor lamponator remembers his then-six-year-old brother sleepwalking: “My brother, dad, and I were watching TV and heard him coughing. He walked out to the living room, and my dad told him to get some water.”

“OK,” lamponator’s brother replied. Then he grabbed a book from the coffee table, flipped to a page in the middle… and attempted to drink from the book.

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His dad had the right idea

When he was 11 and vacationing with his family in Hawaii, Reddit contributor TheNillaGorilla woke up in the middle of the night standing alone in the hotel elevator. Luckily, that same day, his dad had told everyone to be sure to remember the room number.

Here are six numbers you should remember—for your health.

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A dream comes true

“I grew up sleepwalking but never paid much attention to it because I would just wake up in another room and go back to bed,” recalls Reddit contributor, 1FlewOverAClockworkO. That all changed one summer night when he was 15: “I dreamed I was standing in the bread aisle of a grocery store, and people were yelling at me.” He actually was. “For whatever reason in my panicked state, I just grabbed a loaf of bread and ran home.”

And here’s what your dreams say about your personality.

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Time to bake the cookies

Reddit contributor, OperationJack relates the time he tried to bake cookies. “I was three, and my mom heard some noises in the kitchen. I was sitting on the kitchen counter, sticking pre-cut cookies onto a baking sheet.”

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“Until I was 15, my younger brother and I shared a bedroom. We had bunk beds, and I had the top bunk. One night, I dreamed that I was skydiving, but my chute didn’t open. I hit the ground—hard—but miraculously, I wasn’t injured. So I brushed myself off and got onto the next plane to do it again,” recalls Reddit contributor, ToxicNed.

The next morning, he woke up with a sore arm and found out from his brother that he had jumped off his top bunk, screaming, “GERONIMO!” Twice.

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Reddit contributor, DaisyAdair, is a veteran sleepwalker. Once, she rearranged her underwear drawer so that it was filled with dolls—all of them wearing her underpants. Another time, she ate the number “six” off her television’s remote control.

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When you’re hungry, you gotta eat

“My roommate once found me standing in front of the fridge, freezer door open, gnawing on a frozen bagel,” recalls Reddit contributor, StickleyMan. “When he asked me what I was doing, I told him to mind his [bleeping] business and go back to Peru.” (His roommate was not from Peru.)

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Lauren Cahn
Lauren Cahn is a New York–based writer whose work has appeared regularly on Reader's Digest and in a variety of other publications since 2008. She covers life and style, popular culture, law, religion, health, fitness, yoga, entertaining and entertainment. Lauren is also an author of crime fiction, and her first full-length manuscript, "The Trust Game," was short-listed for the 2017 CLUE Award for emerging talent in the genre of suspense fiction.