Episode 10: 612.821 – Sleepwalking

This week, Hailee is bewitched with the strange, funny, sometimes deadly behaviors of people who sleepwalk. 

Sleepwalking is a behavior disorder that originates during deep sleep and results in walking or performing other complex behaviors while still mostly asleep. Listen this week as Hailee discusses some funny sleepwalking stories, including some sleep talking stories from her husband, as well as the science behind what goes on in our brains during sleep. And of course, she discusses some sleepwalking murders, as well.

Titles recommended in this episode

  • The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming
  • Sloth Wasn’t Sleepy by Kate Messner, illustrated by Valentina Toro
  • Dreamland: adventures in the strange science of sleep by David Randall.
  • I have struck Mrs. Cochran with a stake: sleepwalking, insanity, and the trial of Abraham Prescott by Leslie Rounds

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Abbott, K. (2012, April 30). The case of the sleepwalking killer. Retrieved April 26, 2021, from https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-case-of-the-sleepwalking-killer-77584095/

How sleep cycle works: Tracker & alarm clock user guide. (2020, June 22). Retrieved April 26, 2021, from https://www.sleepcycle.com/how-sleep-cycle-works/

Lyon, L. (2009, May 8). 7 criminal cases that invoked the ‘Sleepwalking Defense’. Retrieved April 26, 2021, from https://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/sleep/articles/2009/05/08/7-criminal-cases-that-invoked-the-sleepwalking-defense

McNicholas, W. T. (2019). Sleep and driving. Sleep Medicine Clinics, 14(4), I. doi:10.1016/s1556-407x(19)30076-1

Sleepwalking. (2017, July 21). Retrieved April 26, 2021, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sleepwalking/symptoms-causes/syc-20353506

Valez, A. (2018, May 19). 16 sleepwalking stories that will amuse and MAYBE terrify you. Retrieved April 26, 2021, from https://www.buzzfeed.com/alivelez/weird-sleepwalking-stories

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