Published: August 10, 2021
Updated: September 17, 2021
August 10, 2021
Talking in your sleep happens to many of us at one time or another. However, when it happens regularly, it is usually diagnosed as a sleep disorder called somniloquy.
Maybe your partner or roommate has noticed you chatting in your sleep frequently, and you are curious as to why this might be happening.
In this article, we are going to answer some of the questions that you might have about talking in your sleep. We will dive into:
So, let’s get straight to it.
When someone talks in their sleep, it may range from full sentences to complete gibberish. You might even take on a different voice or speak in a different language.
All in all, it is usually quite harmless, except perhaps for the sleep deprivation that your partner or significant other might experience due to your frequent chatter.
Technically, sleep talking is a parasomnia. Parasomnias are any abnormal behaviors that occur as you sleep or move between sleep stages, including sleep talking, head banging, sleepwalking, and more.
Usually, sleep talking is harmless, not having any major impact on a person’s sleep. Additionally, it often doesn’t occur frequently enough to cause any major sleep deprivation.
At the same time, there are some scenarios where talking in your sleep can pose some problems, such as:
So, what does it mean when you talk in your sleep? What causes sleep talking?
The answer to the question, “Why do people talk in their sleep?” is much more vague than many would like. The truth is that experts are not really sure why this happens in most cases.
Some evidence connects sleep talking to dream reenactments, which occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. However, sleep talking may happen during REM and non-REM sleep stages.
Other research suggests that a genetic component may be involved. This means that if your mother or father is a sleep talker, you are more likely to be one as well.
Overall, sleep experts seem to agree that sleep talking is more frequent in those with mental health conditions or with those experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If snoring is associated with sleep talking, it may further be related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which requires a specialist to observe your sleep in a lab for proper diagnosis.
The main symptom of sleep talking is audible expression as you sleep. Research indicates that half the time, this sleep talking is gibberish, mumbling, and incomprehensible. Sleep talking that is comprehensible resembles conversational speech.
Typically, sleep talking only lasts for a short period of time as a person sleeps, such as a few minutes or on and off.
Interestingly, talking in your sleep is most comprehensible during the REM stage of sleep. Gibberish and other mumblings typically occur during deep, non-REM sleep.
Sleep talking can also occur, as previously mentioned, during sleepwalking or even during a nocturnal-related eating disorder.
Screaming in sleep is less common. If you are yelling in sleep, this is usually a sign of a REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) or sleep terrors.
In particular, during sleep terrors, yelling in sleep might coincide with thrashing or kicking. In these situations, it can be difficult to wake someone up. These situations are also most common in children.
Screaming in sleep is also found during the dreams and may involve shouting, grunting, and violent movements.
By now, you might be wondering how to stop sleep talking. The following sleep talking treatments may help:
Talking in your sleep is typically nothing to worry about, unless it happens often and along with other disturbances. Assess your sleep patterns and determine if talking in your sleep is interrupting your beauty rest. From there, you can find ways to address the problem and tackle it once and for all.
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