An Idaho woman has been safely rescued after having gone for an early-morning swim during a sleep walking episode. Reportedly, this is not the first time she's gone "sleep swimming".
The 31-year-old woman from Burley, Idaho, is reported to have a history of sleepwalking. This episode gave family members a scare. According to the Magic Valley Times-News, the woman's husband awoke and found his wife missing and a sliding glass door ajar.
He called the local sheriff's office just before 2:30 a.m. Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue, along with some neighbors and fellow church members, helped in the search. She was found about a quarter of a mile from home swimming in the Snake River, barefoot and in her pajamas. She was soaked, disoriented and suffering from hypothermia.
According to Travelers Today, the unidentified woman was taken by ambulance to Cassia Regional Medical Center to be treated. It was reported this is the third incident of "sleep swimming" in the past five weeks.
Earlier the woman had been ordered by a judge to have a mental health evaluation, which was conducted. She was found not to be a danger to herself or others. Authorities are concerned with the imminent cold weather season, if her sleep walking leads to more sleep swimming, she could be seriously injured, or worse. Authorities have warned her husband she should seek "immediate" help for her severe sleep walking condition.
According to a May 2012 Web MD article, a survey of 16,000 adults had found nearly 30 percent reported a history of sleepwalking at least once in their lifetime (this included any childhood sleep walking). Medical experts said certain medical conditions or medications were linked to sleep walking. However, researchers admitted studies on the number of sleepwalkers are "sparse".