There's a 29% Chance You Have Sleepwalked
Study also links sleepwalking to depression, sleep disorders
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2012 12:44 PM CDT
Turns out lots of US adults have sleepwalked.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Nearly one in three adults in the US have sleepwalked, a new study finds. Researchers surveyed 16,000 Americans and found that 29% of respondents said they had sleepwalked at least once; almost 3% said they do it as often as once a month and another 1% said they do it at least twice a month. Prior to this, "We did not know what was the prevalence of sleepwalking—as a disorder—in the general population, and that was a big problem," says the lead researcher.

Prior research has been based on lab studies, but this one focused on home sleepwalking activity. Among its other findings: severe depression, OCD, insomnia, and sleep apnea can increase the likelihood you’ll sleepwalk. Also linked to an increased possibility of sleepwalking: drinking heavily and taking sleeping pills, Reuters reports.

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May 16, 2012 2:22 PM CDT
I've sleep masturbated before, but I've never gotten up and walked while sleeping.
May 15, 2012 5:21 PM CDT
I have never sleep walked. But on a very few occasions in my life I have woke up in my sleep. Strange, I was conscientious but I could not move. I did not like it but I knew I was somehow still asleep. I made efforts to wake up. I could moan and wiggle a little bit, then I would wake up. It was not a dream, when I woke up I remembered it clearly. Has anything like that ever happened to you guys, or am I unique in all of humanity ?
May 15, 2012 4:18 PM CDT
I used to sleep walk when I was a kid. Apparently I'd walk downstairs and unlock the front door and stand there with the door open. Sometimes I'd close it before I went back to bed but it used to freak out my parents to find the door open or cracked when they got up in the mornings. Eventually it stopped, though it came back for a short period of time when I wasn't sleeping very much in high school. I'm not sure this story has a point... hm.