Sleepwalking, also known as sleepwalking, is a sleep disorder that is quite rare but not unheard of. The disorder is estimated to affect between 1% and 15% of the population. The symptoms that sleepwalkers display and experience during a sleepwalking event are well documented and shared by the entire patient group. If you want to pretend to be a sleepwalker, there is a specific set of actions that you will need to take to authentically achieve this.
Method 1 of 4: Maintain an expressionless countenance
Step 1. Sit on the bed and open your eyes
Sleepwalkers are fast asleep during an episode, but their eyes remain wide open throughout the event. If you are trying to achieve false sleepwalking, you need to keep your eyes open.
Step 2. Get out of bed with a blank face and a blank stare
Although the eyes are open, sleepwalkers are not really "seeing" during an episode. Their expressions remain totally absent and their eyes are unfocused and vague.
- Practice keeping a blank face and unfocused eyes before trying to fake a sleepwalking episode. You will need to keep that blank stare in front of the person you are cheating on.
- If this person tries to wake you up during the "episode," and they probably will, you will need to keep a serious face while this happens.
Step 3. Do not reply or communicate with anyone
During an episode, sleepwalkers are so stunned that they usually do not react or respond to anyone who tries to communicate with them. When trying to fake it, ignore anyone who talks to you and don't start a conversation with anyone.
Step 4. Be extremely difficult to wake up
Sleepwalkers are extremely difficult to wake up during an episode. Don't "wake up" unless the other person goes to great lengths to get you to. Stay expressionless and blank at all times.
Method 2 of 4: Repeat Simple Behaviors
Step 1. Keep movements and actions simple
Sleepwalkers wake up during a sleep stage that has them in a state of very low consciousness. Because of this, they are usually only able to do activities that are too simple or routine for them.
- Getting dressed and brushing your teeth are two routine activities you can do during an episode.
- You could also try getting up, walking to your closet, opening the door, and staring inside.
Step 2. Repeat the same actions
A sleepwalker only performs simple actions during an episode, and will often do those simple things repeatedly. Think of it like a needle jumping on a record: when a needle jumps, the same brief moments of a piece of music will be repeated over and over again. Pick some very simple type of activity and do it repeatedly, maintaining a completely dazed demeanor.
- Prepare the routine in advance so that you can carry out the activities without much effort. One credible thing you can do is get up and make a sandwich in the kitchen. Make a sandwich, but set it aside. Then make another sandwich.
- You could also try walking down the hall to the bathroom and back several times, or going down and back up a few times, for no real purpose.
- Sleepwalkers generally do not communicate with others, but they tend to talk a little while asleep, generally muttering incoherent phrases. Incoherent screaming has also been known to occur, so if you're trying to scare someone, you'll probably get it by screaming in your sleep.
- You could also get up and start cleaning the same area repeatedly, which is a common occurrence in an episode of sleepwalking.
Step 3. Perform the mock sleepwalking episode at night
Sleepwalking almost always takes place at night, not during daytime naps. Also, sleepwalking does not usually occur in the early hours of the morning.
- You will want to keep this in mind when planning the act, as you will probably be wearing your pajamas to perform.
- Sleepwalking is more likely to occur earlier in the evening, within the first couple of hours after falling asleep, so a credible false sleepwalking should occur fairly early in the evening.
Step 4. Sleep walk for no more than 30 minutes
A sleepwalking event can last as little as 30 seconds or continue for up to about 30 minutes. The typical range for a sleepwalking episode is 1 to 5 minutes.
To make sleepwalking credible, plan your evening event to include repeating a few simple behaviors for no more than half an hour
Method 3 of 4: Appear Confused Upon Waking Up
Step 1. Look disoriented and confused when you "wake up."
Upon awakening, sleepwalkers experience extreme disorientation. When you "wake up" during the fake sleepwalking episode, make sure you appear very confused. Look around you like you have no idea where you are or how you got there.
Step 2. Act extremely surprised once you are "awake."
When sleepwalkers wake up unexpectedly in the middle of an episode, they sometimes react by attacking with fear and confusion. If you decide to allow yourself to be woken up during the routine, do it suddenly. Make your actions erratic and clumsy immediately after waking up.
Step 3. Go back to sleep quickly and with little communication
If awakened during an episode, sleepwalkers will be so confused that they will generally communicate very little with the person who woke them up. Any communication that occurs is often incoherent and the sleepwalker falls back to sleep very quickly after the event.
Step 4. Go back to bed if you are not "awake."
Because sleepwalkers are so difficult to wake up, they are sometimes able to spend the entire episode asleep. When this happens, the sleepwalking episode usually ends abruptly and spontaneously and the person returns to bed.
Method 4 of 4: Having no memory of the events
Step 1. Do not remember anything if you are "awake"
It is very common for a sleepwalker to not remember anything about the sleepwalking episode, even immediately after it occurs. He mumbles phrases like, "What happened?" and "Where am I?" when you wake up".
Step 2. Deny that the episode occurred
You want to appear so disoriented that you can't remember the event, so denying that it happened would be a very credible response. Argue a bit defensively with the person who woke you up and state that you are sure you are not a sleepwalker.
Step 3. Have no memory of the episode the next morning
The sleepwalking episode will undoubtedly be the first topic of the morning, so be prepared to look completely confused and claim that you have no recollection of what happened.
When pressured, keep insisting that you don't remember. This is a very common side effect of sleepwalking, and not remembering the episode is very authentic behavior
Step 4. Act strange the next day
It is common for sleepwalkers to feel disoriented and have trouble performing until the next day after an episode of sleepwalking. If you're going to fake sleepwalking for a long time, act nervous and confused the next day. Play with the objects and pretend that you have difficulty concentrating.