The film quality isn’t great: night vision cameras only capture a black-and-white image, after all. But as soon as Celina Myers starts traipsing around her house, the graininess of the grayscale footage doesn’t matter. That’s because her equipment captures her in the middle of the night while she sleepwalks, and the activities she gets into would be unbelievable if they weren’t caught on tape.
Myers has long been a sleepwalker, but one incident transformed her habit from a private one into a very, very public one. She came to after one of her mid-snooze strolls and found herself in the hallway of the hotel in which she was staying. And when she ambled back to her room, she realized that she had locked herself out of it.
Myers did have her phone, though, so she turned it on and started recording her story because there was one final twist. She quietly screamed to herself as she explained her situation. The camera tightly framed her face and neck as she admitted to the camera, “I am naked.”
Yes, Myers had managed to fall asleep naked in her private room, start sleepwalking and get locked out of her space while in the buff. The only way back in was with help from the staff at the front desk. So, down she went with only the clothes on her back – and, of course, there were none.
Myers did, fortunately, find a way to cover herself before she reached the lobby. She told BuzzFeed News in January 2021, “There [were] like these two chairs – I took the two cushions and I put one on the front and one on the back. I was really close to the front desk, and I kind of just put my head around the corner.” The staffers helped her get back into her room in what must have been a very uncomfortable few minutes.
Now most people would have shied away from sharing such a story with their friends, let alone with the internet-at-large. But Myers knew that she had found her internet niche as soon as she had shared the sleepwalking clip to TikTok. “I saw how much people loved it and I was like, this is our full-time job, we’re home,” she said. And it’s hard to believe, but her sleepwalking exploits have only gotten crazier – and they’re all captured on camera now.
Myers didn’t set out to become TikTok famous for her sleepwalking pursuits. The Ontario, Canada, native self-published a slew of supernatural novels, which she sold by the thousands. She used to host a podcast called The Haunted Estate too. And, according to BuzzFeed, she’s also a beauty entrepreneur, but it’s her social media presence that rocketed her to stardom.
Even on TikTok, though, Myers took a while to find her groove – the video style that garner her a massive number of followers and views. At first, she did the same as most other creators. She posted funny skits, as well as clips of her trying out the app’s latest trends.
Eventually, though, she came up with a new idea for her content – and it all stemmed from a condition she had dealt with from a very young age: sleepwalking. Myers, her brother and her mother all sleepwalked from time to time, and the TikToker could clearly remember the very first time she did it.
Myers recalled to BuzzFeed News, “I think the very first time I was about four years old and my mom asked me where I was going in the middle of the night, and I was like, ‘I’m going to see Mom.’ And she’s like, ‘I am Mom, go to bed.’”
Over time, Myers came to realize that certain foods triggered her sleepwalking episodes: chocolate and cheese, specifically. And it was a combination of those two ingredients that led to a sleepwalking escapade so unbelievable that she whipped out her camera to record the aftermath – and kicked off her string of viral TikTok hits in the process.
While staying at the hotel, Myers made the fateful choice to order dessert. She said, “I got the midnight chocolate cheesecake that they had, didn’t even think of it.” The combination of ingredients triggered a sleepwalking incident that would be hard to believe if, of course, it hadn’t been caught on camera.
That video, the first of Myers’s sleepwalking chronicles, has garnered 5.3 million likes and gathered more than 72,000 comments. Most of them expressed the same sentiment of shock from watching the TikToker’s video. One person summed it up by writing, “This is amazing but oh, my God.”
Now it may seem like Myers’s sleepwalking habit is a unique one, but experts have realized in recent years that it’s a much more common condition than once believed. A study published in scientific journal Neurology in 2012 revealed that 3.6 percent of American adults sleepwalked annually, which equated to about 8.4 million people.
On top of that, the researchers found that nearly 30 percent of the U.S. adult population recalled having walked while asleep at least once in their lives. Before then, experts had believed that only 2 percent of the population sleepwalked, so the updated findings proved it to be a much more common plight.
Although this research shed a bit more light on the prevalence of the condition, it did not answer the main question about sleepwalking: why do people do it? Experts still don’t know exactly why it happens, although they have realized that it tends to run in families, just as in Myers’s clan.
What they do know, though, is that certain triggers can make sleepwalking episodes worse for those who have the habit. For example, feeling a lot of anxiety or stress in one’s waking hours can cause them to take a mid-sleep stroll. Or those who have drunk too much or taken a new medication or drug might start moving in the middle of the night too.
Most people will get up and onto their feet during the deepest part of their nightly sleep cycle, the non-R.E.M. portion of a snooze. This typically occurs either early in the night or closer to the time a person wakes up. No matter when it happens, though, sleepwalking can be dangerous for the unknowing participant.
So if you happen to see someone sleepwalking, the best thing to do is to make sure that they are safe by keeping windows and doors shut, for example. NYU School of Medicine clinical associate professor of neurology Dr. Gayatri Devi added to WebMD, “If at all possible, gently try to steer them toward their bed. If they resist, let them be.”
Most sleepwalking incidents go off without a hitch, and the person on their feet will either wake up or make their way back to bed. And they tend to wake up with no recollection of what happened the night before. That is, unless they install cameras throughout their houses to capture their moves, as Myers has.
Myers began inducing sleepwalking – presumably by noshing on her trigger foods – and recording her exploits with overhead security cameras. She made a huge splash with the clip she posted on January 22, 2021, all shot by the aforementioned lenses. Even in the dark, they manage to capture the hilarious mission that the TikToker found herself on while mid-dream.
In it, Myers walks through her living room with arms full of what appear to be soda cans. She then walks out of her house and into her snow-covered front yard. She tosses the tins onto the ground, then returns indoors to gather more drinks and do the same. It makes no sense until you read her explanatory caption, which reads, “I remember dreaming about a pool party.”
Perhaps the funniest moment of all is when a neighbor walks in front of Myers’s house as she’s throwing her cans into the yard, maniacally laughing as she goes. The neighbor has on a jacket with a fur-lined hood, so it’s hard to see their face. But they turn to look at the sleepwalker a few times, and it’s clear they’re confused by and perhaps even concerned about what’s happening.
Myers later explained the dream that prompted her to act this way in her BuzzFeed News interview. She said that, in her head, her snowy front yard was actually a pool filled with gelatin, and her fellow internet celebs had come by for a party. She said, “I know that David Dobrik was there, with all the influencers that I really like. It was really weird. I remember throwing things into the jello pool, like it was really weird.”
In a February 2 clip, Myers’s husband Adam sleeps on the couch – he’s always close by when she intentionally triggers her sleepwalking – as she makes her way into the living room. She audibly says the word “Salt,” then goes to grab the container from the kitchen. But the video’s captioning explains that she has actually grabbed a mayo jar, which she places on the floor in the middle of the room.
Next, Myers gazes off into the distance and appears to be in a staring contest with a duck figurine that stands on top of her bookshelf. Perhaps the avian creature beats her because she then extends her pointer finger at it respectfully. By now, her self-chats and sound effects have woken up her husband, who chuckles at her from his perch on the sofa.
Her escapades eventually come to an end, but only after she waddles across the living room with her laundry basket in hand. Obviously, this nonsensical string of sleepwalking events delighted Myers’s fans. As of February 18, it has garnered 16.9 million likes and more than 330,000 comments.
Now Myers hasn’t just brought in her husband to hilariously costar in her videos. In footage she shared on January 16, she brought in a fellow sleepwalker to make things even more interesting. As you’ll recall, the TikToker wasn’t alone in her family in dealing with the condition.
Myers’s brother Joel stands behind her as she explains the concept for the video to come. She claims that he’s “worse” than her when it comes to sleepwalking. To prove it, the siblings would nosh on their mutual trigger food, cheese, and then go to bed – and hopefully wake up for some mid-snooze antics.
Then the clip switches to black-and-white footage, making it clear that the presleep helping of cheese had, indeed, worked. Myers sits at her kitchen table, staring off into space as Joel wakes up on the couch. He unfurls the blanket around him, holds it in his hands and says, “I’d like to return this sweater, please.”
Joel then takes the blanket and puts it on his sister’s lap. Myers looks down at the throw, her eyes clearly beaming even in the night-vision footage. She then exclaims, “Wow,” although she is presumably looking at her own comforter that she lent to her brother in her waking hours.
Next, the footage jumps to Myers sitting in the same chair, but she has turned it to face her brother. She then shouts, “Hut! Hut! Hut! Hut” and extends her arm in the air. She suggests to Joel, “Let’s shake on it,” although it is very unclear to what the pair has agreed with the symbolic gesture.
Perhaps it had something to do with snacking, as Myers next offers her brother a treat. “Do you want a sandwich?” she asks him. Joel responds with a resounding, “Yeah!” But rather than heading to the kitchen to stack toppings on top of bread, the pair stands and stares at the living-room bookshelf.
Myers’s brother features in some of her other videos, including one that she did to commemorate the fact that she had reached ten million followers on TikTok. In the February 5, 2021, clip, she explains how she “wanted to do something big” to mark the occasion, but she “didn’t want it to be about [her].” Because her husband doesn’t want any big or exciting gift, either, she bestows one upon her brother: his dream vehicle, a BMW motorcycle.
Obviously, building a huge audience on TikTok – she has 13.1 million followers, as of February 18, 2021 – has had its benefits for Myers. Not only could she gift her brother with a top-of-the-line motorcycle, but her husband, Adam, was able to quit his day job. Now he works with his wife to create content for her still-burgeoning social media presence.
Of course, Myers reaped plenty of rewards from her newfound TikTok career, as well. She told Love By Life in January 2021, “My followers have changed my life in such a wonderful way. I’ve spent so many years so sad and so sick. My husband and I have suffered so many losses… So they really lead me. They helped me understand that I never had a reason to give up.”
Not every message to Myers post-TikTok fame was one of support, though. The web creator told BuzzFeed News that lots of people believed that she had faked the footage of her sleepwalking exploits. And while she confirmed that everything was “100 percent real,” she added that knowing there were doubters made her feel “anxious” about sharing her snippets of her late-night romps.
Myers said she was even shocked by what she saw sometimes. She explained, “It doesn’t look believable sometimes, and even when I watch it back, I’m like, I can’t even post this because people are gonna think this is staged, and I hate that, I think that because I want to show every single minute of it because I find it so funny.”
Ultimately, though, Myers has soldiered on because her videos bring joy to others. She said, “I saw that it would bring people smiles and I was like, I’m gonna roll with it…” Plus, the TikToker added, setting herself up to sleepwalk didn’t hurt her. “If I don’t eat cheese and I don’t eat chocolate after dinner, I have nothing to worry about.”
That is, of course, until she starts sleepwalking – and transforms into the unpredictable version of herself. Myers sees the woman in the late-night video clips as someone who’s “a little aggressive,” which is much unlike her real-life demeanor. As much as we like nice guys, though, we’re excited to see what her more spirited alter-ego gets up to next.