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Sleepwalking/sleep-talking, anybody?

Is anybody here a chronic walker or talker or thrasher (or eater!!) in their sleep?  

I'm going in for a night at the sleep lab tomorrow, and that and Audrey M's sleep question got me thinking about a bunch of my sleep activity during the last few years.  I think I'm one of those people who act out dreams - which can be kind of funny sometimes; I once spent five minutes on the phone with my mom, telling her all about the CSI case that me and my friends were solving!  Haha, you know it's bad when wake up with your cellphone open next to you, and fresh calls in your call log that you definitely do not remember... :P  

Sometimes I wake up with a charlie horse or a pulled muscle, I think because I've been dreaming of running or swimming or something... Haha, when I was on swim team, I definitely had trouble, getting woken up by "swimming races" in my bed :)

Also, a month or two back, I think I might've actually been roaming the house.  I don't know - for a few nights, I woke up with this vague feeling of "what was I up to last night??"  Then one morning, things had DEFINITELY moved around in the night, and when I put one foot out of bed, out of nowhere, I had the worst injury to my Achilles that I've ever had.  It wasn't like I'd been exercising at the time (haha, at least, not that I know of!) so it was just weird!  I just wonder, what was I up to...

Does this sound familiar to anybody?  I haven't heard much about sleepwalking, etc., and MS - does anybody know if there's a connection?  The sleep specialist I talked to said it's a bit unusual for this kind of activity to crop up out of nowhere in your late teens (like it did for me) so now I started wondering if this might be another "symptom" to consider.  Then again, I know there's plenty of healthy people who sleepwalk and talk and eat!  (Oh man, if anybody has any sleepeating stories, I'd love to hear those - I just think that's so funny!)  

Oh, I'm also curious about sleep-thrashing, I guess you'd call it?  I'm not sure - I just know that I've heard a number of people here on the forum mention trouble with moving limbs, or night jerks, or something, and I was just curious about what that was about.  Is that an MS thing?  

Anyway, everybody, thanks for any input!  Hope you all are having a good weekend! :)
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667078 tn?1316004535
I have not heard of an MS connection. I have been a severe sleep walker my whole life and have had MS my whole life. May be it is the brain stem involvement? I have even driven in my sleep. I basically do everything sleeping as coherently as when awake with no recall. I will answer the phone and have a conversation.The odd thing is if people ask me if I am asleep I tell them yes. I never remember what I do. I have moved heavy furniture, walked city streets, I even walked on a roof  with no injury.

I have to stay away from drugs like Ambien. The only time I ever was hurt was when the Doctors gave me medication to try to stop it. The sedation with Sleepwalking is a bad combination. I broke my nose falling and my cheeking falling because of the medications.

Oh and my MS makes me bite my tongue, lips, and inside cheek all the time. I really hate that.

I have had several sleep deprived eegs they come up normal.

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I can see why this would rate high on the problem scale, but I don't think it's related to MS.

I am the world's 'tidiest' sleeper. Hardly mess up the sheets and blankets, and quiet as a mouse. Once or twice a week I take Ambien, which I would never do if I found I'd been roaming. Lunesta can cause this too, and maybe other meds. I have a friend who mixes tuna salad for a sandwich, then eats it, all while asleep, so she too stays away from sleep aids. Way too dangerous!

Look forward to reading others' experiences.


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Oh my gosh - @ essdipity - Ambien and Lunesta and sleep-eating!  I'd forgotten all about that... LOL, do you know if friend only ever eats tuna in her sleep?  I just wonder if some people have their certain "sleep foods" :)  

@HVAC, I was eating ice cream when I read your post and it made me start choking with laughter - "The odd thing is if people ask me if I am asleep I tell them yes," oh man!  Ha, actually, that reminded me - my freshman roommate in college used to wake me up for classes in the morning (she was an awesome roommate) but I guess I used to tell her all sorts of things (including, "yes, yes, I'm getting up!") when I was actually still totally asleep.  Now, anytime she calls me and it's early in the day - now matter HOW coherent I am - her first question is always, "Are you awake?" :)  Although I don't know if I'm always honest.  

Yikes, HVAC, your sleep activities seem really intense - driving, oh my god!  Or going outside and walking around - wow.  It's good to know about the Ambien; I will remember that!

Anyway, thanks so much sharing, and the input about MS!  And HVAC, I hope you stay safe at night (wow!)
667078 tn?1316004535
I do not think I have had a real problem except the sleep eating in years. Well at least my husband has not noticed anything.

When the Dr. put me on Ambien she said just put a door alarm so your husband will know you leave the house? She felt bad when I came in a few days later with my cheek busted wide open.

I think I have gotten into a regular pattern of sleep which is really important.

Oh and I am really good with hypnosis. Again sometimes I do not come out of it. My therapist has to make sure I am really awake when I leave her office.

Oh an my husband is a sleep puncher. I have been whacked in the mouth a few times.
He is a really sweet guy.

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