Strange Goings On In The Night

We have had a few restless nights with Baba recently, he has always been a fantastic sleeping. Going to bed easily and sleeping all the way through from roughly 3 months old. However the last few weeks we have had really restless nights, he has been getting up every night about 2am and either sleeping in bed with us or one of us going and sleeping on his bedroom floor.

However over the past few nights he has been really strange!

We have still had Baba waking anywhere from 2 to 4am but he has seemed lost when he first wakes up and has been wondering around without really seeming to know where he is going. Our bedroom is next door to his, and it is the only door apart from his that is open at night so he has always known to walk straight into our room, but he seems to wander in and doesn’t really look like he knows where he is. He is vacant looking, and just stares.

Last night he walked in and then walked out again and Mr L followed him and spoke to him and Baba didn’t seem to hear him, then Mr L said he seemed to suddenly wake up and started to scream. So is he sleep walking?

I have never had any experience of sleep walking, but it all seems a little strange. Do any of you have any experience of it? When does it start? What do people who sleep walk look like, act like? Am I being stupid or could this be a possibility?

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Him Up North
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 21:01:03

    The way you describe it, it is classic somnambulism. You have a sleepwalker. Our eldest did it when he started nursery. It is simply the body acting out brain activity. Sometimes sleepwalkers will respond to verbal instructions, other times not. They may talk gibberish or seem to be awake. It differs.
    Such things tend to come in phases. Guide the little one back to bed when it happens. Chances are it will pass.


  2. Lena mummy misssion
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 21:01:27

    Our 4yo Mollie does it, she has done since a very early age. Now she is older she doesnt wake as easily when you guide her back to bed. its causing terrible bedwetting we had to put her back in pullups which she hates but because she falls into such an unconcious state he brain wont tell her she needs the loo.

    The doctor said she will grow out of it, but it worrys me alot.


  3. Crystal Jigsaw
    Jan 06, 2011 @ 22:11:21

    I’d say it could be a possibility, yes. I don’t know if its a good idea to wake a person when they are actually in the act, though.

    Sorry, not much help I know.
    CJ xx


  4. Spectrummy Mummy
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 19:00:37

    I have no experience, but it definitely sounds like sleep-walking. Hope this phase doesn’t last too long for you!


  5. Mummy's Little Monkey (@Jax2000)
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 19:25:49

    Hi there!
    This sounds exactly like what my 2.5 year old did the other night… I heard her call out ‘Mummy’ but when I went upstairs I found her just standing completely still on the landing, looking a bit dazed. When I said ‘Back to bed…’ she just turned and went back to her room, climbed into bed and fell straight back asleep! Didn’t seem to bother, or upset her at all, so I wasn’t worried.


  6. ghostwritermummy
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 20:01:52

    It does sound like sleepwalking, my niece is a sleepwalker and does similar things. She goes downstairs a lot which feaks my sister in law out! My daughter sits up in her sleep and you can speak to her but she never remembers it.


  7. Michelle Twin MUm
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 20:18:20

    Yes, it does sound like sleep walking to me. JJ did it a few times and then never again.

    Maybe mention to your Helath Visitor if it continues and see what the advice is. I am pretty sure it is harmless.

    Mich x


  8. Gemma
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 18:56:48

    Hmmmm, yes, Lilly does this sort of thing occasionally, she is 3 now and has done it for about a year, on and off. I’m not particularly worried about it, I’m sure she’ll grow out of it (hopefully soon!!). Mind you, she wakes for a variety of reasons, she seems to have a very active imagination and can be a light sleeper at times. *Grabs another coffee*
    Hopefully this is a phase that will be over quickly for you. Try not to worry, I’d imagine it’s quite common.
    P.s Found you via Blow Your Own Blog Horn! 🙂


  9. Aly
    Jan 09, 2011 @ 17:54:33

    My 8 yo is a sleep walker and has be since he was very young.It started off at 18 months as night terrors and has progressed over the years.He usually comes in the living room and sits down and starts watching telly and then runs off to the toilet.He has a a very glazed look in his eyes but he is wide awake and can have a conversation with you.It occurs often when he has things on his mind.He hasn’t done it for a few months but was quite regular at one time.In the mornings he would have no recollection of the event.We would usually sit down to see if there was anything troubling him either with school friends or school itself.


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