Julia first experienced sleepwalking when she was just a child. Her parents hoped that she would simply grow out of it. Unfortunately, it has not happened, and Julie is still struggling with somnambulism in her adulthood. And it makes her life tremendously complicated.
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Julia’s sleepwalking doesn’t happen regularly. But there are days when it is much more likely to occur again. Julia always tries to prepare for it.
As a child, I almost cost my grandmother her life
The first time I was sleepwalking was when I was about five. My parents always laughed when they told me this story, but my grandmother wasn’t that excited. She was the one who saw me that way for the first time, and I scared her so much that I almost gave her a heart attack.
From that point on, Julia experienced sleepwalking several times. But her parents couldn’t predict when their daughter would sleepwalk again. They must have been on their guard at all times.
When I sleepwalk, I don’t know what is going on
As a child, I didn’t really realize what was happening to me. I realized it only later when I had a boyfriend I wanted to spend the night with. Back then, my sleepwalking was a big problem and an obstacle. I always preferred to sleep at home.
Of course, this has harmed my relationships. Boys thought I was uppity, but that wasn’t the case. I was just scared that I might get hurt. When I sleepwalk, I don’t know what is happening to me at all.
My parents wouldn’t admit it, but I scared them
My parents always tried to seem like my somnambulism wasn’t an issue for them, but I know well it was a problem with a capital P. They never admitted it, but it’s obvious to me that I scared them badly several times.
Either I showed up at their bedroom in the middle of the night or I headed out of our house. It didn’t help that it was locked. I just somehow managed to unlock it.
It’s worse during a full moon, but not always
My sleepwalking is pretty erratic because I never know when it’s going to happen next. Sometimes it feels more intense when it’s a full moon, but not always, so I can hardly rely on that.
Despite that, I try to be prepared a few days before and a few days after the full moon. At home, I lock everything up and hide the keys. It even drove me to tie a string to my leg to wake me up if I actually went anywhere. It has already helped me twice and I woke up after the string had jerked my leg.
Both I and my family are worried. I am considering seeking further help
Sleepwalking scares not only me, but also my family. They’re worried about me and it does not surprise me, because you never know what you’re going to do or where you’re going to go. That’s why I’m thinking of seeking help.
John (31): My mother embarrasses me all the time. Every girl gets scared of her and they have a reason for that
I went to see a psychologist, but he couldn’t help me. My grandmother took me to a shaman years ago, but even he couldn’t do anything. I am now thinking of trying hypnosis. Maybe that will finally help me to find peace.
Author: Nicole Grease