Personally, I think sleepwalking (also called somnambulism, which is a really fun word to say) is awesome.

I’ve never seen anyone do it before, but I once overheard my camp bunkmate muttering to himself in his sleep – in German. It was totally freaky.

Sleepwalkers of reddit, what’s the scariest/funniest thing that has happened to you while sleepwalking? from AskReddit

And after reading these 18 sleepwalking stories that AskReddit users shared, I am even more into it. Maybe I can start sleepwalking. That’s how it works, right?

1. Sleep Cooking

“I have an Ambien prescription and I often cook ambitious meals at night, with no memory in the morning.

It’s not unusual for my roommates to find me cooking bacon at 3 a.m. At first it was concerning.

What if I burn down the house?

However, my unconscious self is extremely diligent- I ALWAYS clean up entirely, and usually end up cleaning the entire kitchen.”

– [User Deleted]

2. “Animal kidnapping”

“My dad used to sleepwalk. One time, he woke up one morning and had about six cats sitting with him on the couch. They all had owners.

According to his next door neighbor, who was very nosy, she saw my dad running around luring these cats with food and bringing them home with him in the middle of the night.

He has no memory of doing that and can’t explain why he didn’t wake up to the meowing and scratching the cats made.

Luckily he didn’t get charged with animal kidnapping, but had to start tying his feet to the bed post so there wasn’t anymore incidents for a few years.

We also learned that my dad was allergic to cats, so there’s that.”

– [User Deleted]

3. Looming

“My mom told me that I stood over her till she woke up.

She asked me if I was ok and I just turned around and went back to bed.”

– th3_pope

4. Keep ‘Em Cold

“I don’t sleepwalk much anymore but about a year ago I put several pairs of shoes in the fridge.”

– marleej_

5. Dream Doppelgänger

“Only ever happened one time.

I was met in a dream by my doppelgänger. She was a mirror image of myself, but more beautiful. Her eyes were bluer, her teeth whiter, her complexion clearer, her hair a shinier, longer blonde.

She said, ‘When you dream, you’re in my world. I want to live in your world. I want to trade places with you.’

I grabbed my cellphone, backing out of my apartment with my eyes on her, when a black shape exploded from a nearby closet flying straight at me. I turned and ran out my front door, and was headed down the narrow staircase of the old house I lived in when I heard a low, gravely voice say, ‘Where ya goin’ Dolly?’

The black shaped whisked around the corner and then, it was upon me.

I awoke in a crumpled heap on the staircase, my cellphone gripped tightly in my white fist.”

– [User Deleted]

6. Breakfast Meeting

“Apparently I had an imaginary phone call with someone for fifteen minutes about what I was going to have for breakfast in the morning.”

– ITomza

7. Dream Diving

“So one time I had a dream that my brother (who was too young to swim at the time) jumped into a swimming pool so I dived in to save him.

Yeah in reality I just dived off my bunk bed…Not my finest moment.”

– UkuleleRequiem

8. “Woke me up screaming”

“I don’t sleepwalk personally…but my boyfriend does and we share a bed together every night and it’s absolutely awful.

Just last night, out of nowhere he woke me up screaming ‘AHHH AHHH AHHH’ as loudly as possible while just standing next to the bed staring at nothing.


Not a nice way to wake up. Most nights he’ll just get up go stand by the window for a bit then come back into bed.

Sometimes I wake up and see him there, other times he wakes up standing there and tells me about it in the morning WEIRD.”

– 257847

9. “Much deliberation with myself”

“Took an entire carton of milk from my fridge then proceeded to return it after much deliberation with myself.”

– CatchingSomeZs

10. Lost in a Hotel

“One time in a hotel, my little brother left the room and walked down the hall before waking up.

He didn’t know our room number.”

– sadafasadafagafagada

11. Just Checking

“Funniest: My fiancée used to work 3 p.m. to midnight.

She came home one night and I was asleep, but had forgot to charge my tablet.

She came on my side of the bed to charge it for me.

As she bent over, I sat up and smacked her on top of her head.

She asked me what the h*ll was I doing, and I told her I was checking to see if she was real.

Scariest: Jogging naked down a road that doesn’t have street lights or sidewalks. I could have easily gotten hit.”

– [User Deleted]

12. …His Stool?

“A friend told me he has woken up in the living room lying next to his stool.”

– Titelschreiber

13. Careful Where You’re Going

“I woke up, walked into a wall, and started crying.

Next morning, woke up with a huge scar on my nose.”

– shahmanav789

14. “Nevermind”

“The only time I did that, I walked into the kitchen and started digging around in the junk drawer looking for scissors.

My dad asked what I needed scissors for, I grumbled “nevermind”, and went back to bed. Remembered none of it the next day.”

– Okaylasttime

15. “I’m Spider-Man when I’m sleeping”

“I once woke up on the foosball table. Like, standing on top of it, with the little players like little Legos piercing my feet.

It was totally dark, my feet were in pain, and I couldn’t understand where I was when I woke up, so I panicked pretty bad until my mother-in-law heard me and came to rescue me.

The weirdest part is that I tried to get back on that table when I was awake and it’s virtually impossible.

It was a very small table that’d topple over long before anyone could get on top of it. I’m Spider-Man when I’m sleeping, it seems.”

– [User Deleted]

I once had a friend kick me straight in the head while sleepwalking. At least…that’s what he said was going on…

Do you have any sleepwalking stories?

Share them in the comments.