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I know this topic is over 3 yrs old but I'd like to add to it because maybe someone else suffers from this as well...I have no advice other than a bedrail...my Father fell out of bed quite a few times...his father did too and I myself will maybe every several years or so...I sleep walk a lot and have since childhood and my son started about the same age I did...sometimes I can go years with no incident or have many episodes a month...one thing did cause my sleep walking to become very very dangerous was Ambien...I did some insane and scary things on it...what was interesting about that was I had been taking it for over 7 yrs before I had any issue with it...I did stop taking it because of that...
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If you are not dreaming when it happens, then your sheets or pajamas are too silky smooth. Do not buy high thread count sheets or silk sheets for your bed. They are slippery. Do not wear silk or satin pajamas because they are too slippery too.
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I have had this problem for the past year. It has happened 6 times. I am over 60. It happens when I am dreaming and I move or thrash in real life while I am dreaming. I end up rolling off the side of the bed while asleep dreaming and wake up when I fall out of bed. The last time I hurt myself a little and was concerned. My mother adviced a bedrail. I got one at Walmart (they are very price competitive for adult strength bedrails). I have not fallen out since I got the bedrail. It is modest one since all I need is something to stop the dream rolling. Since it only happens while I am dreaming, I think it is a dreaming sleep disorder, related to sleep walking. I know that normally, the brain suppresses acting out during dreams. However, when it does not, one gets sleeping walking, falling out of bed, talking during sleep, or violent movements while dreaming. All except the sleep talking can be dangerous. I believe it is a dreaming sleep related disorder. Another interesting sleep disorder I had experienced in the past, was waking up and not being able to move for a minute or two. In that case, the brain, which has been suppressing motion, forgets to turn it back on allowing motion after one wakes. If it happens again, I would check out sleep behavior disorders and get a modest bedrail. 
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Potential falling is why some facilities require low or hospital beds for older patients. I had never given it much thought, so I allowed my mother to choose her own bed when she was going to an ALF. It was rather high. She started falling frequently, possibly because of medication. The doctor ordered a hospital bed, with rails, for her. Some of her friends had beds that were extremely low, just in case. If you take night meds, they may be the cause of falling out of bed. If it were an isolated case, I wouldn't be too concerned. As we get older, these are things we have to be aware of and consider when buying furniture, homes, etc. I learned a lot while my mother and I made decisions for her comfort and safety!
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As a kid we probably fell out of bed once or twice, we never thought twice about it. In fact, I bet I had bragged about it to my friends :)
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It could be slicky sheets or more so, nylon or silk pajamas.....That happened to me.(slick pajamas)..couldn't contain the fall..so I got rid of those pajamas...(or gown)......marymember
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I had this happen to me a couple of years ago; only once and it never reoccurred. So I definitely agree with jeannegibbs.
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If it was just one time I wouldn't worry about it. More than that and I'd be concerned.

Do you remember dreaming when you fall? Do you seem to thrash around in your sleep?
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Maybe you need a new bed. Ask your MD.
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