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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  • chiligirl
    chiligirlTuesday, May 19, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    This is really cool! (and scary) if you agree please follow me and I will follow you
    • ohiost8
      ohiost8Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 8:42 am
      once I sleep walked to my parents room and said:"wheres my pen". they told me it was realy funny!
      • galaxy_fox12
        galaxy_fox12Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 12:35 pm
        My cousin told me when he was at my aunt house he sleepwalked all the way to my older cousin’s bedroom and then he jumped on him and my cousin got mad at him for that.
      • cutefurrygamer
        cutefurrygamerSunday, May 10, 2020 at 5:01 am
        I don't sleepwalk...
        • chiligirl
          chiligirlTuesday, May 19, 2020 at 4:03 pm
          same but my mom used to, everyone thought she was wide awake 😲
        • cutefurrygamer
          cutefurrygamerSunday, May 10, 2020 at 4:59 am
          Wow I can't walk three miles when I'm awake
          • mesodog
            mesodogThursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:17 am
            WOW I'm in shock that the girl stayed on the sidewalk!! I am relived they found her tho!!
            • ohiost8
              ohiost8Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 8:53 am
              me too
            • bsc
              bscThursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:35 am
              Haha! Once when I sleepwalked, my parents were watching tv and I started arguing with the man on the tv.
              • ohiost8
                ohiost8Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 8:42 am
                funny!
              • batman623
                batman623Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 9:04 am
                She could have easily been hit by a car, or even kidnapped! Poor girl
                • obsidiangirl7
                  obsidiangirl7Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm
                  btw i follow back
                  • obsidiangirl7
                    obsidiangirl7Monday, May 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm
                    i once ended up in the back of my dads truck while sleepwalking
                    • misslove
                      missloveMonday, May 4, 2020 at 10:46 am
                      Wow!