The media have given lots of attention to bizarre accidents which were the result of sleepwalking lately. Only last week a thirty-three year old woman was acquitted of the charge of suffocating her very own mother by pushing a pillow onto her face. In a reaction to the acquittal, in this article some useful tips for potential precautions are given, in order to show the reader how they can prevent unfortunate accidents from happening. The easiest measures to take are closing the bedroom door or closing the windows. In the worst scenario medication should be prescribed.
My boyfriend’s little son of eight years old sleepwalks occasionally. We put a wet towel on the floor of his bedroom the other day, so that he would wake up if he stepped on it. I think he has not been sleepwalking ever since. So, there are fairly easy ways to take precautions. With children it is often only a temporary habit. I had not realised that sleepwalking occurs among adults as well. I guess it does not run in my own family. It is rather strange to think of it; one half of the brain is awake, while the other half is asleep.