Sleepwalking can sometimes be the stuff of nightmares. Usually, sleepwalking is more or less harmless or unremarkable. Once in a while, though, people exhibit extreme behaviours while asleep—usually with no recollection of them when they wake up!
Remember that bothersome, persistent sleepwalking may signal a sleep disorder, so if you sleepwalk on a regular basis, it may be wise to consult your healthcare professional.
Climb up a 13-storey crane
In 2005, a 15-year-old London girl sleepwalked all the way up a 13-storey crane. Passersby initially called the incident in as a suicide attempt—it wasn’t until later that the bizarre truth was revealed! The police officer who rescued her had to be doubly careful, since a sudden awakening could put her life in danger. Luckily, the girl was safely brought back to the ground.
Create works of art
Lee Hadwin is a Welsh nurse who boasts no artistic talent… in his waking hours, that is. At night, he produces works of art that have sold for more than 4000 pounds, and currently boasts more than 600 art pieces he has no memory of creating. An exhibition of his work was even held in Croydon, England. The most baffling thing? He can’t reproduce his skill while awake!
Cook gourmet meals
The artist we just mentioned can’t paint when he’s not asleep, but Robert Wood, a man who cooks elaborate meals in his sleep up to five times a week, used to be a chef. These days, his sleep-cooking habits have his wife worried that he’ll burn the house down! Wood is receiving medical attention for his nighttime habits.
Here’s a truly modern phenomenon—some people actually go online and send emails or text messages in their sleep. In one of the first cases studied by scientists, a woman wrote "Come tomorrow and sort this hell hole out. Dinner and drinks, 4.pm,. Bring wine and caviar only." There’s one more reason to put your electronics out of reach at night.
Commit horrible crimes
Unfortunately, sleepwalking isn’t always bizarre in a positive way. There’s the infamous story of Toronto’s Kenneth Parks, a 23-year-old man who drove (yes, drove) to his in-laws’ home, murdered his mother-in-law, and assaulted his father-in-law. He then drove himself to the police station and said "I think I have killed some people," but couldn’t seem to remember any details. Following a detailed investigation, sleepwalking was found to be the only plausible explanation for his actions, and Parks was acquitted.