Sleep Talking, Causes And The Way Out

It’s quite obvious that a lot of people talk while sleeping (sleep talking). Initially, I thought it was a joke but to my wildest surprise it wasn’t in anyway.

Back then during my days in the university, it was my opportunity to realize that people often talk while sleeping without actually being aware.

Sleep talking, formally known as somniloquy, is a sleep disorder defined as talking during sleep without being aware of it. It may involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling often with laughing.

The good news is that for most people it’s a rare and short-lived occurrence. Anyone can experience it, but the condition is more common in males and children.

This sleeping disorder or abnormality is most times embarrassing especially when passing night with the person involved. The strange murmuring from the person can distort your sleep, keep you awake, and sometimes scared throughout the night.

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But the funniest thing about sleep-talking is that, the victim of this sleep abnormality will wake up in the morning without realizing what he/she did during the night or while sleeping.

However, if you talk while sleeping or you have a relative/friend that does that, then this very article is just for you.

Causes Of Sleep Talking

Actually, it may be brought on by stress, depression, sleep deprivation, day-time drowsiness, alcohol, and fever. In many instances sleep talking runs in families, although external factors seem to stimulate the behaviour as well.

This condition often occurs concurrently with other sleep disorders such as nightmares, confusional arousals, sleep apnea, and rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behaviour disorder.

In rare cases, adult-onset frequent sleep-talking is associated with a psychiatric disorder or nocturnal seizures (seizures during the night). Talking while sleeping associated with mental or medical illness occurs more commonly in persons over 25 years of age.

What Are The Way Out?

In general, no treatment is necessary. However, if it’s severe or persists over a long period of time, talk to your doctor or health care provider about the problem.

There may be an underlying medical explanation for your sleep talking (e.g. an undiagnosed sleep disorder, or debilitating anxiety or stress).

Certain measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of a sleep talking episode. Following regular sleep schedule, getting adequate amounts of sleep, and practicing proper sleep hygiene can help reduce the frequency and severity of it.

Also refrain from ALCOHOL, heavy/unhealthy meals, and excessive amounts of STRESS to reduce it. For bed partners and roommates, earplugs may be of help.



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