Four-Year-Old Norwegian Toddler Sleepwalks Three Miles To Nearby Town

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When toddlers have bad dreams, they usually run to snuggle up with their parents. Not Thea Helena Robertsen! This four-year-old Norwegian toddler decided to deal with her nightmare by sleepwalking, not just to the kitchen or the neighbor's home, but an astounding 5km (3-miles) - all the way to the next town!

The chain of events unfolded last weekend. The young girl and her sister were under the care of their aunt Kristine Sorensen, while their mother was vacationing in Greece. Everything was going well until Sunday, September 15th. Kristine tucked in the kids and then went to bed herself. It had been a particularly cold and stormy weekend and everyone was happy to be under a warm blanket - at least that's what the poor aunt thought! The first inkling that something had gone wrong came the following morning when Kristine was awakened at 6.30 am by the local police, and questioned about Thea's whereabouts. Confused at the question, Kristine rushed to Thea's room, only to find it was empty.

Turns out that the toddler had a nightmare that the house had caught fire. So she put on her boots, unlocked the door and started walking - all while asleep. What's amazing is that even in her deep slumber, she seemed to have the sense to keep safe by walking on the edge of the streets. Nobody knows the exact route the toddler took. The one thing they do know is that she crossed the 800-meter tunnel that connects Nordkappveien where her aunt resides to the nearby town of Hjellplassen, where she was found the following morning at 6.15 am, by a resident on his way to work.

The young girl who was awake by now, appeared surprisingly calm and while she was unable to provide the police much detail about what had happened, she did know how to contact her aunt and was soon reunited with her family. Needless to say, Kristine has not let Thea out of her sight since. Thea's mother says though this is not the first time the young girl has sleepwalked, she has never taken it to this extent before.

Sleepwalking or somnambulism is a recognized disorder that originates during deep slumber and affects between 1-15% of the general population. People suffering from this disease have no recollection of their actions, which include not just walking but also complex tasks like driving. Sleepingwalking is especially prevalent in kids between the ages of three and seven. Fortunately, most stay within the confines of their homes!

Resources: dailymail.co.uk,9news.com.au finnmarkdagblad.no

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996 Comments
  • wolfdog
    wolfdogWednesday, April 10, 2019 at 8:42 am
    Impressive especially since shes only 4 o.o
    • personTuesday, August 21, 2018 at 10:36 am
      how did she sleep walk 3 miles while asleep ? That is cool and bizzar
      • ohhhh
        ohhhhFriday, May 25, 2018 at 7:07 am
        this is super cool
        • Leaf Monday, April 23, 2018 at 10:14 am
          Cool
          • sarah_iscool
            sarah_iscoolTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:33 pm
            I'm really surprised like WTH who walks 3-miles to the next town while sleep walking?!! That's awesome. But scary at the same time cuz somebody could've like done something....... thankfully she's ok!
            • jailbreak0500
              jailbreak0500Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 12:23 pm
              cool
              • kittykatz
                kittykatzMonday, May 8, 2017 at 2:10 pm
                OMG why did... how did....... i hope she is ok i am in COMPLETE shock
                • wowMonday, April 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                  im honestly suprised because some kids beleive in trolls
                  • LelSunday, April 9, 2017 at 5:42 pm
                    Wow, that's amazing. I can't believe she didn't get hit by a car or something.
                    • sarah_iscool
                      sarah_iscoolTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:34 pm
                      Yea!!!
                    • akj2006
                      akj2006Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm
                      oh my goodness! she must've been so scared!
                      • sarah_iscool
                        sarah_iscoolTuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm
                        well she was sleeping and it said that she was "surprisingly calm"