Do you talk in your sleep? Well you may not know whether you are a sleep talker or not. Your partner may be able to answer that. Or sometimes, you may have noticed whispers, mumbles, or speeches coming from your partner during the sleep. Well, that is sleep talking.
Sleep talking is actually a sleep disorder known as somniloquy. Doctors don’t know a lot about sleep talking, like why it happens or what occurs in the brain when a person sleep talks. If you’re a sleep talker, you may talk in full sentences, speak gibberish, or talk in a voice or language different from what you’d use while awake.
What freaks people out the most about sleep talking: People typically don't remember doing it when they wake up. And the voices and language a person uses while sleep talking might be different from their typical speech habits.
Sleep talk usually happens during the REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM (NREM) phases of sleep. REM phase is when you dream and sometimes, you may tend to act out your dreams, resulting in sleep talk. And during the deep stages of NREM sleep, you sound like gibberish.
So, are you curious to know your chances of sleep talking? Yes, you may sleep talk. In fact, anyone can talk while they are asleep. However, it is more common in males and children.
If your bed partner sleep talks, you might find yourself tuning in to see if they reveal anything juicy about themselves. But according to Sleep Specialist Brue’s what someone says while they're sleep talking isn't worth analyzing. "There's no data to suggest that [sleep talking] is either predictive in nature or kind of gives you a window into their subconscious or anything like that," he says. The person may talk about the past events or experiences. But, chances are high that it may not have anything to do with the reality.
What sleep talking most likely mean: A person is sleep deprived. "Most of the time it’s due to either something causing sleep deprivation or there already is a high level of sleep deprivation. According to researches medically there nothing wrong with sleep talking.
Though many consider sleep talking as part of their dreams. However, that’s not the case really, as various other factors cause it. And if it's severe—occurring every night and disrupting others or lasts for over a year then its advisable seeing a physician to see if there's an underlying medical cause.
- External Factors: Stress, depression, fever, and sleep deprivation may lead to sleep talking. If you are someone with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chances of sleeping disorders like sleep talking are more.
- Genetics: If sleep talking runs in your family, you will also do that. If parents had a habit of sleep talking during their childhood, kids are likely to experience it more.
- Sleep Disorders: You may talk while sleeping if you suffer from other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, confusion arousals, REM sleep behavior, and nightmares.
- Mental Illness: In persons over 25 years of age, sleep talking might be associated with mental or medical illness. However, it is not common.
- Medications: Certain medications could induce sleep talking. The use of montelukast, which is a drug for asthma, may result in the development of parasomnias in the form of sleep talking or sleepwalking.
For most people, sleep talking is a short-lived phenomenon and no treatment is really necessary. Although it’s not usually anything to worry about, sleep talking can be pretty irritating for anyone you are sharing a room with. Moreover, it embarrasses the person who has this disorder.
When people talk in their sleep it's often because they are more stressed in their lives than usual. It's as if the brain can't properly 'switch off' during sleep and talking come out as an expression of sleep time stress. There is no particular method or procedure to stop talking in sleep. However If you stick to a regular bed time and ensure you get plenty of sleep and avoid stress, it can help reduce how often you sleep talk.