Most definitely what Becky said, until you get checked out by your doc and figure out whether it's true sleepwalking (uncontrolled) or something you might have more control over. If sleepwalking, you follow routine because your conscious/unconscious mind knows where things are but is not aware of the unusual things you've done (like put the key to locks or car in an odd place, or a chair where it normally is not). You might just bump into it and get a bruise, or you might trip and really hurt yourself.
The saying "could do it in your sleep" really fits. Sleepwalkers follow patterns they do frequently in the same way virtually every time. A chair where it doesn't belong may not register - even though your eyes may be open and you sort of see it - and you might not account for it in your movements. Keep all furniture and the like where it typically is until you get checked out. The only changes you should make are those that minimize risk (securing knives and exterior doors). If someone lives with you, tell them to talk to you if you go to get up. If you do not answer or answer with something odd, they should follow you and try to gently lead you back to bed. If they need to wake you, do so when you're not near something you might hit and ideally from a distance themselves in case you wake scared and start swinging.
While we are not exactly sure of what is going on... Please do not place a chair in the doorway or in front of the refrigerator. (as mentioned in another post) This can become a tripping hazard, bring about a fall, broken bones, etc.
6/18/14 5:49 P
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Yeah, I have done that too. If you are able to control it, why not just try measuring out your cereal portion to a healthy size and plan the snack into your daily calorie intake. If you can't control it, try putting chairs or something in the way of the kitchen door or the refrigerator. That way, if you have to move them out of the way, you have a chance to check yourself before you wreck yourself. And post some motivational photos or phrases in the kitchen to remind you of your goals. Best wishes!
Do you live with anyone? Make them aware of the issue. As a once-upon-a-time sleepwalker, it can get dangerous if someone who is sleep walking is startled awake. Not for the old wives' tale reason of causing a heart attack, but it can be extremely disorienting. Basically, the bells might startle you and cause you to hurt yourself if you stumble into something, fall, or flail and hit something. Be careful with aiming for a startle effect.
I attacked my father when he did it once - he was thankfully much bigger than me at the time and grabbed the thing I tried to strike him with before I connected - because it's not always an immediate transition from sleep to wake, and it's extremely confusing. It's best to work "with" the dream and guide the person back to bed. I still do sleepwalk on a very infrequent basis (used to be every few months or so, but it's been over five years since my last), I drove myself to work and woke in the parking lot; talk about terrifying. Since then, my husband now keeps all our car keys once we go to bed, just in case it resurfaces. I said that to say, just because you tackle the sleep eating issue, you might still want to see someone and take measures to keep yourself and loved ones safe by getting their assistance. Also, have your loved ones read up on sleepwalking. It can be scary for them if they see you wandering around but realize you're unaware of their presence or are treating them like someone different.
If you live alone, locks sound like a good idea on knife drawers and something to secure the burners on your stove (and anything else dangerous in your house). That extra step of needing to undo the locks might be enough to snap you out of it or redirect your dream to something safer. Put the key in an odd place that you would only remember if conscious, and change that place fairly often so it does not become routine; sleepwalking generally includes tasks that are routine to us, but usually only simple things like going to the restroom. Preparing a meal is a pretty complex task and if you're doing that, you could do something else complex like drive. If you're doing things like that, you need to take a few extra steps. I'd only use a startle item on your exterior doors. Better to risk a hopefully minor injury there than get in your car and crash, hurt someone else, or wander the street in your pajamas and possibly run into someone with bad intentions while you're defenseless.
P.S. I know you said you don't really remember but sort of do, but that can be sleep hallucinations. As in, you're actually asleep but your sleep is mimicking your surroundings. You could, however, be doing something quite different than you recall when you wake. Generally what you remember is similar to what you did, but sometimes not. I generally had similar experiences. For instance, the night I went on a drive, I remembered driving in my dream but it was daylight and I had a coworker in the car that I used to carpool with so we were chatting about some meetings we were stressing over. When I woke, it was 3AM and I was alone in an empty parking lot. Similar, but different, yet my memory insisted I'd done it during daylight with someone beside me. Also, I hit her mailbox (judging by the dent on my bumper and her damaged mailbox) so I must have swung by there to pick her up just as I would have and did every other day for a year or two prior, then just left (she always came out to the car, I rarely went in). Again, routine things we'd do in a normal day but without full awareness and consciousness to protect from oddities we automatically correct for when awake, or done in a slightly different place or manner than we'd do if we were awake. I also once thought I was at work and was making copies, but my husband insisted I picked up random things in our kitchen, set them on our cold stove for a while, then would put them in a pile on our counter. Basically, what you're remembering might not be exactly what you're doing.
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6/18/14 12:39 P
Ohh! I am going to put bells on my door today and I will talk about it with my doc! Thanks guys!
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Can you attach something that rattles really loudly to your fridge door? Like a string of empty tin cans or something? Maybe it'll wake you up enough to stop the binge.
Or, make it harder to leave your bedroom at night by locking the door or putting something in front of the door that you'd have to move to get out.
There is a condition that is "sleep eating" The person is "asleep" (sleep-walking), eats a ton of food, and realizes it the next morning when he/she is awake and sees the empty containers. Perhaps your "diet" has taken over most of your thoughts??
--Talk to your doctor. You may need to talk to a counselor. --I know that it is sometimes necessary to place locks on the cabinets, and have another person in the home keep the key. --It can sometimes be dangerous, especially if the person is using knives, the stove, etc. ---If it is always the same foods, you could remove them from the house and see what happens. ---Also be sure that you are not going to bed in a hungry state. Have a large, healthy evening snack. And be sure that you are using a "healthy" weight loss approach. Have you gotten too-restrictive with food intake? Are your restricting certain food groups? Are you feeling deprived?
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6/18/14 6:52 A
Argh. For the past month now I am eating in my sleep (sort of) at night. Big bowls of cereal and ww ice cream pops. I am not even fully awake. How do I stop this. I am pretty close to my goal weight and I am really worried I am going to give up! Help!
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