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Misteryosong sleepwalking

HAVE you ever wondered if you walk while asleep?

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One to 15 percent of the world’s population are said to be suffering from the strange disorder known as sleepwalking.

Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder which makes patients perform their daily activities even while they are asleep.

According to sleepfoundation.org, sleep walking “is a series of complex behaviours that are carried out while sleeping, the most obvious of which is walking.”

It involves activities which the sufferer usually considers as routine. They are either walking around the house or cleaning it.

Children between the ages of three and seven commonly suffer from this condition. It also frequently happens to those with sleep apnea.

Sleepwalking affects people even as they reach adulthood. It becomes common especially among those who have emotional problems, are stressed, or who lack sleep.

Experts say that those who suffer from sleepwalking need not be awakened. It is not associated with any psychiatric or psychological problems. However, keeping patients in this state can be dangerous.

The case of Kenneth Parks in 1987 is one memorable example on the danger brought by sleepwalking.

Parks killed his mother-in-law and assaulted his father-in-law while sleepwalking. The trial court acquitted him from the charges because he acted not out of his willful control.

Sleepfoundation.org says the symptoms of this sleep disorder are sleep talking, lack of memory in what happened, showing of improper behavior while asleep, and screaming.

TRIVIA PA MORE (Various Sources):

Tagala – the Philippines first Filipino-Spanish dictionary which was printed in 1613, 25 years older than the first book printed in the United States.

PANCIT HABHAB (Lucban) – made from rice flour, these local noodles acquired its name and developed its unique attraction by the way it is eaten. Otherwise known as Pancit Lucban, these noodles are hawked in the streets and served on a piece of banana leaf, sans fork or any other utensils. Thus, it is eaten straight from the leaf, licking permitted… “habhab”-style.

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