Re/From the Archives: Things That Go Bump in the Night

15 Mar

This post was from April 9th, 2009:

I think Stiggy has been sleepwalking. It started quite a while ago and only happened a few times, but it’s happening more frequently. The other night, he came into my bedroom (hubby was downstairs still). I said, ‘What’s wrong?’ He said, ‘Tummy yummy!’ in a happy voice, doing a little dance-like movement. So I asked him what he wanted. He said, again, ‘Tummy yummy!’ I asked him if he wanted to get into bed with me and he got in. I asked him something else (can’t remember now), but he didn’t answer me.

Unfortunately, he’s not always so happy when this sleepwalking occurs. One time, I found him sitting at the top of the stairs in the dark (kind of creepy) crying. He would not answer my questions, and he would not move from his spot. I tried for nearly 20 minutes to get him to bed. I didn’t want to forcefully move him, so I told him I was going back down stairs and he still did not move. After 15 minutes, I went back up and he allowed me to put him back in bed.

It started out with him just sitting up in bed and looking around, maybe saying a few words, then laying back down. Beginning around age 4, I noticed he would get out of bed, walk around his room a little, then get back in. This only happened maybe 4 or 5 times. But in the last 3 months or so, he’s gotten up about 6 times. Normally, when he wakes up in the night, he’s alert, responsive, and cooperative, but when he’s sleepwalking, he cannot answer my questions and when I try to get him into bed, he often pulls away from me.

I’ve been reading about sleepwalking, and I can’t see any reason for Stiggy to do it. He’s not on any medication, and does not have any of the risk factors mentioned. It could be genetic, I suppose. For now, we’re just keeping the upstairs baby gate shut so he doesn’t fall down the stairs, and praying he grows out of it quickly.


I’m not sure if he’s totally grown out of it, but he hasn’t done any sleep-walking in months. Fingers crossed.

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Posted by on March 15, 2010 in Family Life, First Grade


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