Why are you showering at 3am?
September 24, 2013 9:00 AM Subscribe
My SO wakes up in the night sometimes, let's say at 3am, and starts to get ready for work. Like, 3 hours too early. After 5-10 minutes he usually snaps out of it and comes back to bed. What is this?
posted by heavenstobetsy to health & fitness (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
He remembers it happening since he was a child. He'll go to sleep, and then at some random time, he will get up, look at the clock (he says he registers the time, but ignores it somehow), and start his morning routine. Usually he gets about as far as starting the shower or, on one occasion, starting to shave, and then he will realize it's way too early and come back to bed.
He figures it happens about 3-4 times a year. We've lived together 2 months and it happened for the first time (with me there) last night.
My question is, what causes this? Does it have a name? Is this a thing that happens to other people as well? He says that it doesn't seem like sleepwalking, that he comes to his senses pretty quick. He otherwise does not sleepwalk or anything else like that. We are not concerned so much as we are curious.
If it's relevant, he's 46 years old, partially sighted (legally blind), and in otherwise good health.