15 Sleepwalking Incidents That Will Leave You Speechless
Sleepwalking, contrary to its benign name, isn’t simply walking while asleep. While it only affects around 1%-15% of the general population, it is an intense behavior disorder that originates during a deep sleep. It should be no surprise that sleepwalking incidents can be pretty scary; enough to leave you speechless.
Many times sleepwalking can result in performing complex behaviors like cooking, driving, sex and other commonplace activities while asleep.
On occasion, these behaviors become dangerous, hilariously funny and downright outrageous! We’ve compiled a list of the 15 most unbelievable sleep walking stories around.
Teen Sleepwalks to Top of 130 ft. Crane
In London, a teenage sleepwalker was found fast asleep on top of a 130 ft. crane! After leaving her home still in a state of deep sleep, she made her way to a construction site not far from her residence.
She proceeded to climb the 130 ft. crane and walked across a narrow beam. A man passing by noticed the girl and called authorities. Police and firefighters were able to bring the girl to safety by rescuing her with a hydraulic lift and then transporting her to the hospital for further evaluation.
Lee Hadwin, produces amazing works of art while fast asleep. The amazing part about this “nocturnal talent” is that during his waking hours, he has claimed to have no ability or interest in art what-so-ever.
While sleeping, he’s been known to have woken up and seen his complete masterpieces newly emblazoned upon the walls, newspapers, tablecloths and clothes throughout the house. He began leaving out canvases and art supplies in strategic places around his home before bed so that his nightly visions could be captured appropriately.
Art galleries have great interest in showing his work based on the unique nature of the product and on the beautiful integrity of the artwork itself.
One of the most infamous sleepwalking stories is of Kenneth Parks, a 23-year old Toronto man. By all accounts a gentleman, as well as a father, husband and loving son-in-law.
Ken did however suffer from severe insomnia caused by joblessness and surmounting gambling debt. One night, Ken got into his vehicle, drove 10 miles to his in-law’s residence and proceeded to stab his mother-in-law to death and attack his father-in-law. He then drove himself to the police station and in a dazed stupor explained that he may have killed someone.
Not remembering any details about the murder or assault and not having a motive, his defense team in court later stated that he was asleep during the time of the crime and therefore unaware of his actions.
The E-Mailing Sleepwalker
Around 10pm a 44-year old woman got up from her bed and turned on her computer. She proceeded to write three peculiar emails to her friends in what appeared to be in a strange language; laced with a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters throughout her words and formatted poorly.
She wrote these all while completely unaware and in a deep sleep. One read: “Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4pm. Bring wine and caviar only.” Another said simply, “What the…”. The complexity of her actions and cognitive ability while asleep far surpass that of simple-sleepwalking, as it takes a great deal of coordinated movement and memory to type, compose and send an email.
The cause of this woman’s late night correspondence is still not fully understood, although it was believed to have been the outcome of prescription sleep medication.
Sleepwalker Fights with Alligators
77 year old James Currens, a long time sufferer of somnambulism, sleepwalked out of his home, amazingly remembering his cane and wandered into a nearby pond.
When he awoke startled, he was chest deep in water and unable to escape the muddy marsh. Terrified, he noticed not only was he stuck, but he was surrounded by alligators. He began to beat the alligators with his cane to ward them off and luckily his screams alerted a neighbor who called authorities.
Police and fire rescue were able to scare off the alligators with their lights and sirens and rescued Currens, unharmed.