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betafish posted:
A few days ago, while sleeping at a relative's home, I woke in the night to find I had seriously cut my hands and wrist and had a badly bruised knee and my nose felt like it was broken.

I had been dreaming that someone was chasing me. I woke up running into something and I thought it was a floor lamp but I'm not sure. It was a collision with force, however as I recall my nose hitting it hard. I went back to bed and felt something wet on my hands and wrist. I turned on the light and my one arm was covered in blood and still bleeding.

When I got out of bed I saw that the fishbowl on the nightstand was laying on the floor broken into many pieces. I went in to wake up my hosts to tell them to come and find the fish to save it.

I don't know how I managed not to cut my feet but I didn't. My hosts were terrified when they saw my bleeding arms in the middle of the night. The woman tended to my cuts, but one continued to bleed. The man went in to look for the fish, but could never find it. He was astonished that there was blood all over the carpet and the bed.

I went to the ER and they took care of my wounds and gave me catscan of my brain and EKG and some other tests, all which came back normal.

A psychologist came to talk to me and asked me questions like did I want to hurt myself or someone else. I answered no because I don't. I'm not sure he believed me. He wanted me to commit myself voluntarily for observation but I said no. I felt it was ridiculous because I was sure I had accidentally broken the goldfish bowl in my dream state.

But I can't remember anything about the bowl and I didn't feel any pain at all when it happened. It never really hurt me even though the cuts were extensive. I don't recall getting out of bed at all.

What worries me is that this will happen again. The psychologist told me he was very worried that I would hurt myself or someone else. But I have no anger toward anyone and none toward myself.

Last night I had another violent dream and my partner told me the next morning that I was yelling and began to sit up when he tried to wake me and then I laid back down but never woke up. I don't recall anything.

I don't want to take medication. Can you think of anything that could be causing these dreams (I have been having violent nightmares for over a year now but this is the first I have been sleepwalking).

I am very concerned, especially because I can't remember anything that happened. I don't think I am a mental case and I have no health issues that I no of.

I would appreciate any help you may have or advice you may offer.

Thank you.
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betafish responded:
PS...I forgot to mention that the beta fish in the bowl was never found. Is it possible that I ate it? It was a large dark blue beta fish. They searched and searched for it...to no avail.
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear betafish,

That certainly sounds like a scary thing to have happen. I would really recommend that you see a sleep disorders specialist and talk this over with him or her. If you have a sleep disorder, there are often options other than medication that can be a part of your treatment plan, but first you need to find out what it is you have.

You may want to check out this article on Parsomnias , which "are disruptive sleep-related disorders that can occur during arousals from REM sleep or partial arousals from Non-REM sleep. Parasomnias include nightmares, night terrors, sleepwalking, confusional arousals and many others."

Also consider looking at this information on REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, "which includes violent dreams where the person yells, hits, kicks, flails, and may even jump out of bed."

Best wishes for better sleep,

Byroney
 
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betafish replied to Byroney_WebMD_Staff's response:
Dear Byroney,

Thank you so much for your reply. I have begun to become fearful of what I might do in my sleep now. My partner told me that early this morning I was having a nightmare in which I yelled out "Kill them. Kill them."

I will look at the article on Parsomnias and also REM Sleep Behavior Disorder. I'm also going to find out where I can participate in sleep studies to help me.

I have dreamed all of my life and talked a lot in my sleep, sleepwalked a couple of times as a child, and as an adult I have had several precognitive dreams, which were very disturbing as they always related to someone dying. And they always came true immediately. (unfortunately)

The precognitive dreams are the scariest because when you have one of them you absolutely know for a fact that it is real.

But now I am worried I am going to hurt myself again in my sleep. So I will definitely be taking your advice!

Thank you again for your reply.

betafish
 
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to betafish's response:
Dear Betafish,

I'm glad the information helped you out. It sounds like this has been a longterm issue that's been in and out of your life, and I hope a sleep specialist can get you on a better sleep track.

I am sure your life presents enough challenges during the waking hours that you don't need sleep-time challenges, too!

Write back and let us know how you're doing once you've talked to an expert,

Byroney


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