Sleepwalking is a much more serious condition than television and our cinematic outlets let on. Sleepwalking, also called somnambulism or noctambulism is a sleep disorder where a person will engage in movements, actions and routines that they would normally do while they’re awake.
Unlike in the cartoons and movies where sleepwalkers walk around like zombies with their hands and arms out in front of them, they just walk around as if they were not asleep. However, because theyâ€™re still in a sleeping state, it is very likely for these people to hurt or endanger themselves, and in some rare cases others.
A seventeen year old boy in Germany was sleepwalking one night and walked off his fourth floor balcony. He fell 10 meters and continued to sleep with a broken arm and leg. His memory didnâ€™t hold onto when or how he got there, and this is usually the norm for sleepwalkers. Controversy also stirs in the realm of sleepwalking because of this ability to not remember a single action while in the act.
Ken Parks, a local from Pickering, Ontario actually got in his car and drove 23 kilometres to his in-laws, where he strangled his father-in-law and stabbed his mother-in-law causing death, all the while sleepwalking. The case was brought to court and eventually he was acquitted of murder because of his automatic and state of unawareness.
Sleepwalking is and should be taken more seriously, as rarities such as these do happen and there is much to be dealt with when something of this nature arises. 18% of the worldâ€™s population sleepwalks, thatâ€™s a pretty large percentage to ignore glaze eyed. So either we wake up and cause a fuss, or keep walking around endangering ourselves and possibly others.
Why would the author mention television and movies that document sleepwalking within this passage?