My parents saw me sleepwalking for the first time when I was around 9 years old, and according to them, I had gotten up to make my baby sister a bottle. I didn’t sleepwalk every night, but the nights I did my dad would be the one to notice. Although he saw me sleepwalking he never once tried to wake me up. Sleepwalking can happen maybe only once to a person, and sometimes sleepwalking can be a small walk out of bed and then back to bed. Sometimes I have no memory of wandering around the night before, but other times I can vaguely remember maybe standing up.
Sleepwalking, also known as somnambulism, is actually a lot more common in adults than people may think. The majority of the time sleepwalkers will not remember what they did while they were wandering in the night. There are two big stages of our sleeping cycle, Non-REM and REM sleep. Often, the walking in your sleep happens once you’re in your Non-REM sleep, mostly because your brain is deep in work and won’t get awaken. While your mind is resting, your body is able to perform activities such as talking, walking, eating, etc.
Once, on a family trip in Las Vegas, according to my dad, I was sleepwalking and walked out of my hotel room. He didn’t realize I had actually left until about half an hour later I knocked on the door ( still asleep) and just walked back to my bed. Scientist don’t have a cut-clear explanation for we some of us sleepwalk. However, some say that sleepwalking might be the brain trying to go from Non-REM to the stage of walking up, meaning it would be skipping your REM sleep as well as other stages.