Seven Sleepwalking Stories

When I was a college freshman I got a really severe, Justin Vernon-esque case of mono that kept me ill for about three months. Even after I was mostly better, there was an aftermath. I lived in fear of getting roundhouse-kicked in my enlarged spleen. I had to get my tonsils removed, because scar tissue had left them forever swollen, making me abnormally susceptible to Strep throat and Tonsillitis. Also, I began sleepwalking. These are my sleepwalking chronicles.

March 2007: My roommate and I returned to our dorm room after a party one Friday night. I disrobed and remember lying down in the bottom bunk to watch television and go to sleep. I woke up the next morning on a couch in the laundry room, three floors down from where I lived. I was wearing nothing but a pair of boxer briefs. Bewildered, I sprinted up the steps two at a time until I got to our floor’s entrance. The door required a key to enter, which I had neglected to bring with me. Since it was seven in the morning on a Saturday, nobody was awake and I had to pound on the door for upwards of three minutes before my friend Matt let me in. He asked me what had happened — to which I had no answer — and then he laughed at my morning wood. I proceeded to bang on my room’s door for another five minutes, not knowing my roommate had left our room in the middle of the night to go visit a lady friend. I waited in my underwear in my neighbor’s room until he came back three hours later.

April 2007: I went to sleep in a girl’s bed after we had finished studying for (anatomy!) finals. I woke up with a start and jacked my head off of the bed frame. I had been sleeping underneath her bed. I was naked, with an erection and maybe a slight concussion.

May 2007: I was shaken awake by my roommate, who told me I needed to empty the wastebasket because it was starting to smell. I asked him why I had to do it, and he said because he didn’t want to, on account of it being filled with my urine.

September 2007: I went to sleep at my friend’s house after a back-to-school party. I woke up the next morning in bed with one of the tenants and his girlfriend. My feet were to their heads. I rolled off the bed and left quietly. This time, I didn’t have an erection (maybe).

December 2007: I went to sleep in my childhood bedroom a few days after Christmas, and was woken up around sunrise by my dad, who leaves for work at about the same time as the Gorton’s fisherman. I was outside lounging on our swimming pool deck. I wasn’t dressed adequately for the freezing weather, and was wearing a pair of sunglasses. I had apparently left the sliding glass door to our deck open, leading him to initially believe that an intruder was in our home.

August 2008: Again, in my childhood bedroom. My mom heard noises in the kitchen sometime in the early morning. She came upstairs to see what was the matter, and found me filling a glass of water from one of those five-gallon dispensers you probably have at your office (my family really values hydration). By her estimate, I had been filling it for about 10 minutes without moving, which meant it was overflowing and flooding the kitchen floor. She asked what I was doing, I looked at her, started laughing and stopped filling the glass, which I took with me to my bedroom and set on the nightstand. Then, laughing the entire time, I walked back out of the room, went into the bathroom and took a pee. Finally, I went back to bed.

The next morning, I walked into the kitchen to find it covered all over with towels. “What happened in here?” I asked. “You really don’t remember, do you?” Mom said. I had soaked the kitchen tiles all the way through, and water had been dripping down to the first floor. This was my most expensive sleepwalk.

December 2011: I went more than two years without sleepwalking, or at least without doing anything in my sleep that resulted in anything strange or destructive happening. But then I went to bed in my apartment on a Wednesday night.  I woke up in the morning when my alarm went off. There was red wine all over my white carpet, and an open notebook on my chest. In the notebook I had written about four pages of shoddy but legible notes I was able to identify as ideas for a fictional story about a dude who is regularly abducted by aliens. He befriends one of them and teaches him all about the concept of love. TC mark

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  • mutterhals

    I caught my boyfriend sleep-peeing on the Playstation once and his mother told me she caught him trying to pee in the refrigerator.

  • Anonymous

    I think sleepwalking is crazy fascinating, but I’m really glad I don’t do it. It must be scary to fall asleep.

  • ER

    I once made 20 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and put them all in my roommates sock drawer. All while sleeping

  • Alex

    I’m laughing really hard at the last one. You should probably publish that story on Thought Catalog.

  • Kaitlynclement

    I’ve had a few sleep walking incidents. My most terrifying one was July 2008 and I woke up in a restaurant parking lot in NOTHING but my thong underwear, talking to my hand like I was on the phone. I had to run back to my boyfriend’s house…. a mile and a half away at 5 in the morning. Most terrifying thing ever!!!

    • Scott Muska

      Yeah that…wow. You win.

  • Rae Gross

    I used to sleep walk a lot and would find myself on the couch in the middle of the night with nothing on when I was a teenager. I had a boyfriend tell me I would get a glass of water from the kitchen (no spilling) place it next to the nightstand without drinking and go back to bed. But my all time fave was when I went a week where every night after I went to sleep I would put my feet in the small of my boyfriends back (who was not a small dude) and push him off the bed so I could sleep the wrong way on a king size bed (he made a habit of keeping blankets on the floor since it was clear I wold just do it again).

    • Melissa

      lol i am really laughing at this.

  • Kaitlyn Ann

    I’d buy and read the alien love story. :)

  • Sahar Soos

    LOL <3 

  • Anonymous

    This was great lmao. Laughed at every one of them.

  • LDiggitty

    All right, I’m not of fan of sci-fi but I would totally read your story if you could write it entirely in your sleepwalk world. No – I take that back. I would at least SKIM it. 

  • indi

    sleepwalked from my parents’ car (we were getting home from a long road trip) into my neighbor’s house when i was about 11 and locked the door behind me.  woke up in front of the locked door, couldn’t get it open, had to pee so bad that i went in a corner on the floor in the living room then ran upstairs found a balcony door and jumped from the second floor to run home, bawling the whole time.  ran in and my dad thought i was downstairs the whole time.

    been a few other episodes but that was the most traumatic

  • Caity Childs

    I used to sleep walk when I was a child. One night I apparently walked into a wall. I woke up in the morning with a broken toe.

  • Live

    are you sure you were sleepwalking and not drunk? cause it seems so

    • Scott Muska

      Yes, I’m sure.

  • Alkaline Suicide

    September 2007 cracked me the hell up. Too funny.

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