Ask Oprah's All Stars - Is This Normal?
Dr. Phil, is it normal to shop in your sleep?
Dr Phil: The first thing you gotta do is make it difficult for yourself to do that. It's called response stopping. What you can do is put your stuff away so you don't get up in your sleep in your pattern and go to your computer. Unplug it, put the power cord somewhere else that you can't get to it. Put your Blackberry or your iPhone away where they're not just at hand where you can just get up and go there in your sleep and do it.
On a more serious note, let me tell you this is often a sign of anxiety. Where you're stressing out and so you have this energy and it causes you to go into an altered state of consciousness. You're not awake, but you're not asleep and you're still functioning.
Gayle King: Is it a medical problem, Dr. Oz?
Dr. Oz: Yeah. One of the miracles of sleep is that we don't act out our dreams. In you, there's a disordered process where you're not paralyzed when you dream, but if you don't deal with the anxiety issues that Phil pointed out, it's not gonna make that much of a difference down the road cause you're still gonna be miserable about it.
Gayle King: We show this segment "Is this Normal?" Is this normal Dr. Oz?
Dr. Oz: It is not normal. Phil you agree?
Dr. Phil: I agree it is not normal but it is manageable. You're not crazy. You don't have some major mental illness here.
Published on November 04, 2011