Journal of Sleep Disorders: Treatment and CareISSN: 2325-9639

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Perspective, J Sleep Disor Treat Care Vol: 12 Issue: 5

The Interpretation of the Phantom Sleepwalker

Tremolizzo Arnulf*

Department of Psychology, Washington University, Missouri, United States of America

*Corresponding Author: Tremolizzo Arnulf
Department of Psychology, Washington University, Missouri, United States of America

Received date: 24 September, 2023, Manuscript No. JSDTC-23-122187;

Editor assigned date: 27 September, 2023, PreQC No. JSDTC-23-122187 (PQ);

Reviewed date: 11 October, 2023, QC No. JSDTC-23-122187;

Revised date: 18 October, 2023, Manuscript No. JSDTC-23-122187 (R);

Published date: 25 October, 2023, DOI: 10.4172/2325-9639.23.12.146

Citation: Arnulf T (2023) The Interpretation of the Phantom Sleepwalker. J Sleep Disor Treat Care 12:5.


Sleepwalking or somnambulism remains one of the most mysterious and intriguing phenomena within the realm of sleep disorders. The phantom sleepwalker, a figure navigating the borderlands between wakefulness and slumber, presents a captivating subject for exploration. The nocturnal escapades of sleepwalkers have puzzled and fascinated humanity for centuries. The phenomenon occurs during Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) sleep, often in the first few hours after falling asleep. Sleepwalkers, while appearing awake, operate in a state of altered consciousness. Their eyes may be open, but their responses are limited and often illogical.

One prevailing theory suggests that sleepwalking is linked to an imbalance between different stages of sleep. During a typical night, individuals go through various sleep cycle, including deep NREM sleep and REM sleep associated with vivid dreaming. Sleepwalkers may experience a disruption in this cycle, leading to a partial awakening while the brain remains in a sleep-like state. The activities of a sleepwalker can range from simple tasks like sitting up in bed to more complex actions like walking around the house. Instances of sleep eating, talking or even driving have been reported. What distinguishes the phantom sleepwalker is the apparent purposefulness of their actions despite being ensconced in the realm of dreams.

The mysteries deepen when considering the possible causes for sleepwalking. Stress, fatigue and sleep deprivation are commonly cited factors. Certain medications for sleep disorders and genetic predispositions may also contribute to the probability of occurrences of sleepwalking. It is essential to identify these reasons to understand the motive behind the phantom sleepwalker's nightly expeditions. The narrative of the phantom sleepwalker takes an affecting change when considering the potential risks associated with this behavior. Sleepwalkers, oblivious to their surroundings, may be at risk of injury. From stumbling over objects to engaging in activities with potential hazards, the vulnerability of the phantom sleepwalker adds a layer of complexity to the exploration of sleepwalking.

The impact on the lives of those who share a space with a sleepwalker is another facet of the context. Witnessing an exact person navigating the house with vacant eyes can evoke a mix of concern and helplessness. The phantom sleepwalker's actions may be innocuous or, in some cases, alarming. In literature and popular culture, the phantom sleepwalker has been portrayed as a mysterious and sometimes strange person. The sleepwalker's subconscious explores are frequently depicted as a metaphor for traversing the shadows of the mind. Novels, films and artworks have sought to capture the mystique of the sleepwalker, using this enigmatic behavior as a canvas to explore the depths of human consciousness. Understanding and managing sleepwalking involve a multidimensional approach. Developing a secure sleeping space, implementing stress-reduction strategies and addressing underlying sleep disorders are vital steps. For those who find the presence of a phantom sleepwalker by oneself, providing supports as well as guidance are essential of the shared nocturnal route.


As people examine the view of the phantom sleepwalker in more detail, people confront the profound mysteries contained within the interface of sleep and wakefulness. The phantom sleepwalker, with eyes wide open but mind adrift in the landscapes of dreams, beckons people to ponder the complexities of the human mind during its nightly odyssey. The interpretation of this nocturnal wanderer challenges people to expand their understanding of the complex variety of sleep disorders, allowing humans to go through the unknown destinations that lie between consciousness and the shadowy realms of the night.

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