Why Do People Talk In Their Sleep?
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Today I thought that I would discuss something that occurs quite regularly: sleep talking. You may have been told that you jabber while you sleep or you may have witnessed others doing it. Most people who talk in their sleep do not remember a thing. They cannot recall saying anything. Much of that said while someone is asleep is complete gibberish. I have had my own experiences with sleep talking, both seeing others doing it and I, myself, talking in my sleep. Sleep talking can be very amusing, but what exactly is it?
Defining Sleep Talking
Sleep talking or, in scientific terms, somniloquy, is the action of talking in one's sleep. Sleep talking is quite common and is not considered to be a medical concern. Sleep talking can be completely spontaneous or they can be brought on by outside conversation. It can happen at any point in a person's sleep cycle. According to sleepdex.org:
The lighter the sleep, the more intelligible the speech. In stages 1 and 2, people may have entire conversations while asleep. In deep sleep, somniloquy may be restricted to moans and gibberish.
Having seen sleep talking before and, apparently, done it myself, I never thought that talking in one's sleep would ever go beyond gibberish mumbling.
Sleepdex.org mentions a number of symptoms associated with sleep talking, such as:
- Speech or utterances during sleep
- No awareness of talking
- Potential association with psychiatric disorders like anxiety
- Possible association with medical disorders like the flu
What causes a person to start talking in his/her sleep? There are many ideas of why a person may talk while sleeping:
- Emotional stress
- Taking certain medications
- Mental disorders
- Substance abuse
- Sleep deficiency
Although somniloquy is not something to be concerned about, there is always the question of how to stop. If talking in your sleep is bothersome or has turned into more of a "night terror" situation, it is recommended that you visit a sleep specialist. Other things to consider would be your caffeine intake, the medications you take, and how often you exercise.
There may not be a concrete way to treat somniloquy, but there are ways to prevent it. Here are a few tips:
- Reduce how much stress you experience
- Steer clear of having a heavy meal before sleeping
- Keep to a strict sleep routine
- Get a proper amount of sleep
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