thats pretty hardcore.
This is a discussion on Sleep Disorders and Guns within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I know this may sound like a weird topic but I used to have a lot of sleep problems due to stress, anxiety and working ...
I know this may sound like a weird topic but I used to have a lot of sleep problems due to stress, anxiety and working odd hours. I used to have night terrors and sleep paralysis because of this. Night terrors are like nightmares, but you are awake and you act on those terrors. They are not the same though. Most of the time you see hallucinations in your room, scream, throw things at the image that is scaring you (imagine a dark figure in your room at night). The few times that I had these I ended up freaking out on whatever it was. My wife suggested I go to the doctor so I did after of few of these episodes. My doctor basically gave me medication and sent me on my way. Since I've been taking this medication and following a regiment of getting a good amount of sleep, I've not had these problems since. Thank God I never attempted to grab my gun or shoot what was in my dream.
A short video about night terrors. Sorry about the quality, it's the best I could find describing the disorder: YouTube - Night Terrors
Those of you who have had these problems before know how absolutely terrifying these episodes can be. It made me wonder what would happen if you did shoot or got a hold of your gun in a situation like this. Many times these people are normal, physically and mentally healthy individuals in real life, but these sleep disorders can quickly wreak havoc. Many times you may have an episode and have no prior history of it. They quite often happen when you are fatigued or stressed.
It just got me wondering about firearm safety when you are “asleep”. What do you think?
thats pretty hardcore.
Last edited by JD; June 28th, 2010 at 01:33 PM. Reason: Language
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i keeps mine in a digital security box. 4 digits beep beep beep beep, hopefully i couldnt get the numbers in right in my sleep.
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I exist in a spousless house without kids, so this does not apply to me. BUT...one of our NRA CCW instructors told us that he shot and practiced so much, that he could and would probably instinctively shoot in his sleep if he was awakened and frightened at night, with his wife and kids nearby; much like combat soldiers, veterans and cops who you do not want to play with, scare, startle, surprise and wake up for laughs or jokes. Or hide from and act dumb...like some unfortunate kids have with the parents who shot them. So, he deliberately separates his empty handgun from the loaded magazine beside his bed, giving him time to wake up at night and deliberately load it, having a dog and enough time to do this if someone attempts to break inside his house.
I choked my wife out after being back from Nam for about a week. I had fallen asleep on the couch and she decided she would jump on my to wake me up. I woke up just as she was turning purple. She woke me up with a broom handle after that. I haven't had it happen again since?
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Wow, and I get irritated because I cannot sleep.
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+1 for using a quick access safe.
not sure how likely it is that you will be sleep-awake and manage something like punching 4+ correct buttons to access your gun.
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I have very vivid dreams and fight, cuss, wrestle enemies--the whole routine. I do not sleep with a loaded firearm within reach.
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I have Apnia. I also have very vivid dreams, so I keep a pistol by my bed that needs to be cocked.
Those "hallucinations" that you were seeing in your room were actually real.
Google search "Shadow People"
Good thing that you didn't shoot at them though because it's likely that bullets cannot kill them.
Watch this Shadow People Video.
YouTube - Shadow People in 1997, Emerson
All I can say is that if any of you folks ever have a sleepover type slumber party - I can't make it 'cause I'm real super busy that night....whatever future night that might be
As for your problem, just set up some precautions like having the magazine separate from the gun, but both within easy reach so that it will require motor skills that are too fine for being asleep.
On a more serious note if any individual is suffering from any sleep disorder where there is difficulty discerning reality from fantasy until fully awake then the answer would be to better secure the room and opt for anything that will buy you time to get yourself fully awake before you go for the home defense firearm.
AKA get a good bedroom door and lock it. Set up an interior portable motion sensor to let you know in advance if anybody is approaching the locked door to the room. Look into a home alarm system...etc.
My wife has this problem. She does stuff in her sleep and doesn't know or remember it. Therefore, I have become a very light sleeper, and there are no pistols on her side of the bed.
wow pretty scary.
i hope i dont sleep walk with my gun...