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Heidee Ruiz

Real Name: Heidee Ruiz
Case: Medical Mysteries
Location: California
Date: August 1995


Details: In 1991, Heidee Ruiz was in college on a track and field scholarship and felt a tremendous pressure to perform. As a result, she began sleepwalking. One night, she ran straight through a screen door. In her dreams, Heidee remembers running in fear because she believed that the world was ending.
Heidee's mother witnessed two of the most violent incidents. In one incident, she ran through the house screaming and almost hit the wall. In August of 1995, while she was at her mother's house, Heidee ran straight into the wall, tore open her forehead and gashed her wrist.
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the November 8, 1996 episode about sleepwalking along with Jarod Allgood.
Results: Unresolved. Heidee has since been to the Stanford University sleep clinic in northern California. While there, she was examined by Dr. Clete Kushida, who found that her sleepwalking was not a result of any physiological causes. He believes that sleep deprivation and stress may be the causes of Heidee's sleepwalking. Heidee's sleepwalking is now under control thanks to medication and stress management. Although decades of research has been done on sleep, scientists still have more questions than answers.