Acting Out In Our Sleep

Did you have to tell me that


It happened again last night. I acted out in my sleep, and that’s the second time in one year. Several months ago, as I slept peacefully, I started running. I wasn’t running from anything. I think I was running to something. It wasn’t an unpleasant dream until I ran off the bed in a horizontal position. I thought it funny and shared it with friends.

This time I walked instead of ran. I can’t remember where to, but, like the first time, I walked off the bed in a horizontal position. Only, this time, I landed on my elbow and hip. As I got back up on the bed, I thought to myself; this could be dangerous. Maybe I should put some pillows on the floor.

When I woke up this morning, I thought that’s interesting. I wonder why I’ve done that twice, now? I think I’ll do some research.

Well, that’s a big help.

Expecting a simple explanation, I went to and looked up, acting out in your sleep. That’s usually the first place I go for medical information. I found out that it’s nothing serious and common if you’re an undergraduate student. That’s who a lot of the research applied to.

Researchers found 98% of young adults reported at least one acting out dream behavior at least rarely in the past year. The most commonly reported occurrence was related to fear after awakening from a scary dream.

The study also showed that women reported more speaking, crying, fear, and smiling or laughing after waking from a dream while men reported more sexual arousal after erotic dreams.

That wasn’t much help. I’m not an undergraduate student. The last time I had an erotic dream? I can’t remember back that far. I’ve got to do more research.

That wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

Sleepwalking is different than acting out in your sleep. I didn’t get up and walk to the corner store. I acted out in my sleep, so that’s what I searched online. Here’s what I found out:

A rare sleep disorder that makes people act out their dreams may be an early warning of a deadly neurological illness, a new review of previous research suggests.


About half of people who have a condition known as rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder will develop Parkinson’s disease or a related disorder within a decade of being diagnosed with RBD.

It gets worse!

If you get this disorder and live long enough, you will almost certainly get Parkinson’s disease or a condition similar to it — it’s an early warning sign,” said Dr. Michael Howell, a professor of neurology at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and co-author of the study, published today (April 13) in the journal JAMA Neurology.

This can’t be happening. God, couldn’t you just send me sexual arousal like the youguns?

Whew! I’m not going to die, yet

People who suffer from REM act out violently. I’m not beating anyone up. Of course, I don’t sleep with another human. My dog and cat haven’t complained so everything must be fine.

I will buy a couple of body pillows and put on the floor next to the bed. Just in case I decide to take a stroll on the beach or chase a Tyranasoraus Rex.


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