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Talking In Your Sleep 101: Why Do We Do It?

Talking In Your Sleep 101: Why Do We Do It?

Some people sleep gently all night long...while some people talk gibberish, words, and even full sentences while they slumber. Understanding the entirety of talking in your sleep and why you do so, might be the key to actually stopping it and getting a really good night’s sleep.

According to WebMD, “Sleep talking, or somniloquy, is the act of speaking during sleep. It's a type of parasomnia -- an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. It's a very common occurrence and is not usually considered a medical problem. The nighttime chatter may be harmless, or it could be graphic, even R rated.”

“Sleep-talkers are not typically aware of their behaviors or speech; therefore their voices and the type of language they use may sound different from their wakeful speech. Sleep talking may be spontaneous or induced by conversation with the sleeper,” as far as research from the National Sleep Foundation indicates.

There isn’t much research on the subject, because it can happen in both REM and non-REM sleep. Some scientists believe those that talk in their sleep actually have a motor breakthrough during sleep, and end up voicing what they are actually dreaming. Another theory is that this happens when your body is switching between sleep stages.

Sleep talking is more often embarrassing than physically harmful, because it makes less sense than normal everyday conversation. Unless you develop sleep walking - and according to scientists the two go hand in hand.

When it comes to treating talking in your sleep, there isn’t really a medicinal or definitive treatment. Most physicians recommend: a regular sleep schedule, getting the right amount of sleep, and practicing good sleep hygiene - that means a clean set of sheets! Also try not to drink too much alcohol or eat heavy meals before bed, and reduce stress in your life to reduce sleep talking.



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  • Romell Bhaala