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NZ woman 'drove and texted while asleep'

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#16    scots_nomad


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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:22 PM

I have sleep walked a few times (Well a few times that I know of but probably far more often than that).  One night back when I was in my early twenties I was staying at my mates house on the other side of the city (Glasgow in Scotland) - I went to sleep in his spare bedroom and woke up the next morning in my own bed!  I looked outside and my car was parked in my driveway!  I decided to phone my mate and let him know that I was back home - the call came as a surprise to him because he thought I was still asleep in his spare room.  While talking to him I suggested that he checked if anything was missing as I had a bit of a habit of collecting things while sleeping (I once woke up in another mates house one day with a handful of all the nozzles from all of the deodorant cans or perfume bottles in their bathroom!).  My friend did a quick check around the house then came back and told me that he couldn't see anything missing but he told me I had left his back door wide open.  That came as a surprise to me because until then I didn't even know there was a back door to his house and more surprising still he told me that the only way I could have gotten out of his back garden was to climb a 9 foot high wall!

Regarding the comment someone made about wishing they could do their housework during their sleep - There was one time when I was working overseas and lived in a hotel suite in Abu Dhabi.  I woke up one morning and the first thought in my head was 'Where the hell am I?'...It took me a few seconds to realise that I was still in my hotel room but apparently I had been up during the night completely rearranging the furniture!  I had also got myself dressed (albeit that I had put my teeshirt on inside out), unpacked a suitcase AND made six cups of coffee (well actually I had put the coffee milk and sugar into the cups and placed the cups in various parts of the room but hadn't bothered pouring any hot water in them!)

I note from a few of the posts here that people seem to think that alcohol rather than sleep walking is the cause behind events like that described in the story but I know from experience that you can do the strangest things while sleeping without alcohol being involved in any way - with me it seems to be sleeping in places I am not used to that triggers it, although thankfully it hasn't happened to me for years (as far as I am aware!)

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 08:35 PM

She really needs to stay off the sleep medication.

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 09:14 PM

I think I was on the motorway behind her this evening...

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 11:24 PM

Sorry, but I have a hard time believing the totality of this story.

What's next, a "sleep driving" airline pilot?

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:03 AM

Maybe she was abducted by little grey men and had one of those lost time experiences. LOL

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 03:13 AM

Would love to see some of the texts she sends.  I'm hoping they all consist of her merely typing 'zzzzzzzzzz' to everyone on her contact list.

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:19 AM

This one is hard to be;eive

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 11:41 AM

about that sleeping disorder,do you remember the tv show "fact or fiction" they have this episode something like that.well i thought maybe she will end up like that...i hope not...

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 05:06 AM

It's true, this story, she lives in my city.. it was all over the news, and she has done this before. There is a link to a type of sleep medication, that others who have taken it have also driven while asleep. Totally bizarre.

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Posted 02 September 2013 - 12:03 AM

I've heard of people texting or falling asleep at the wheel but never BOTH AT THE SAME TIME! WTF IS THIS WORLD COMING TO!?!

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