- Jul 12, 2016
I have a paternal uncle who often sleepwalked and his sleepwalking were often not the ordinary episode of sleepwalking inside the house. He would actually take a ride and go somewhere else in his pajamas. In the rare times that I've seen him sleepwalk in the house, he would turn the TV on at a time when there were no longer any programs available for watching. I remember seeing his glassy look while 'watching' the blank TV screen. Years later, he would disappear just before dawn break. A neighbor was the last one to see him running off in a dark alley. That was 15 years ago and no one has seen him since. A few weeks before he disappeared, he was sent back to our country from an overseas employment because he was supposedly observed to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. My uncle had a medical history of being confined to a psychiatric ward when his first marriage fell apart so he apparently could not cope emotionally to traumatic events. He had to work overseas because his business venture failed and it had caused him extreme anxiety. I've always associated his sleepwalking to his loss of control over his emotions and mental faculties. I only learned recently that it's possible - sleepwalking has been linked to a number of medical conditions including psychiatric disorders like panic attacks, PTSD, or dissociative conditions. I've only experienced sleepwalking once, and it happened during my mother's wake. Any sleepwalking experience?