Top 10 Bizarre Things People Have Done In Their Sleep

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When they hear about parasomnia or sleep-related disorders that lead to atypical actions, people instantly think about sleepwalking. Although sleepwalking or somnambulism, as it is dubbed in the medical terminology, is not perceived as normal, it is by far one of the least strange or potentially harmful behaviors. Think of it this way, while you are sleepwalking, the worst thing that could happen to you is stubbing your toe on the nearby furniture. The cases that we’re about to present in this article will reveal that there are more dangerous but sometimes hilarious activities related to parasomnias.


1. Extreme somniloquy, the graphic depiction of one’s dream

It is true that mild sleep disorders involving sleep muttering are not that uncommon and you have probably shared the bed with someone who talks in his sleep at least once. However, songwriter Dion McGregor, has taken somniloquy to a whole new level, as he became an actually prolific narrator of his own dreams every night back in the 60s. The level of coherency proprietary to McGregor’s vivid dream depictions was so high that his roommate decided to record one such sessions. Unfortunately, the graphic content of his dream’s description would be enough to make some adult movie directors blush!


2. Divorcing your spouse

Another case in which coherent somniloquy caused trouble was when a Muslim man began uttering the word “talaq” to his wife during his sleep. In Arabic, this is the word for divorce and the fact that he repeated it three times made the Court consider the separation official from the legal point of view.


3. Brutally killing your in-laws

When the jury found Ken Parks not guilty for the brutal slaughter of his in-laws while sleepwalking, many people were outraged. However hard to believe it may be that a person can get out of bed, drive to a person’s home, strangle and stab the residents and then drive to the police station to confess his crime – all before he wakes up –, the psychiatrists who investigated the case said that was exactly what happened. And Ken Parks is only one of the 68 homicidal somnambulism cases reported so far.


4. Eating junk food

The Night Eating Syndrome essentially implies that a person frequently eats hefty meals during the hours of the night. These meals typically comprise of junk food and other similarly unhealthy treats, but the difference between this syndrome and its sleep related version is that in the latter case, the person is not awake during the act. Cases in which NS-RED patients are caught consuming aliments and even sauces like mayonnaise directly from the container are pretty common.


5. Preparing a healthy meal

At the opposite pole, you have those people who are not as interested in eating the food as they are in preparing it. Truth be told, in spite of their best efforts, cooking while they are asleep is clumsy and the dishes are not exactly gourmet chef material, but records indicate that some sleepwalkers even utilized the stove or the microwave to boil water or heat up food.


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