Everyone has been at a sleepover and has heard a friend or family member spit out something in their sleep. Did you know that Somniloquy or sleep talking as it’s also known is technically a sleep disorder? Many people suffer from this and don’t even know it. The good news is that for most people it is a rare and short-lived disorder that they are unaware of. Almost everyone has probably blurted out something while sleeping, however, the condition is more common in males and children.
Scientists have mixed opinions on what makes people talk in their sleep. Talking in one’s sleep may be brought on by many things including unusual large amounts of stress, depression, mental health disorder, lack of sleep, day-time drowsiness, alcohol, drug abuse and even a fever.
While sleeping sleep-talkers are not knowledgeable of their behaviors or speech; this can make their voices and the type of language they use sound different from the way the sound when they are awake.
While some people may think sleep talking is truthful. Modern sleep science and the law accept that sleep talking is not a product of a conscious or rational mind and is therefore inadmissible in a court of law.
Sleep talking isn’t harmful to one’s health however it can cause embarrassment when friends post on Facebook the random things one may have said when sleeping. On a more serious note, it can annoy a bed partner, roommate, or be disruptive in group-sleeping situations.
Symptoms of sleep talking can vary from case to case in severity and length. When in a lighter sleep more recognizable speech has been witnessed. Reports have stated in stages 1 and 2, people may have entire conversations while in stages 3 and 4, sleep talking may be moans and mumbling.
Currently, there is no known way to reduce sleep talking. Avoiding stress and getting plenty of sleep might make you less likely to talk in your sleep. Keeping a sleep diary can help identify your sleep patterns and may help your doctor find out if an underlying problem is causing your sleep talking. Keep a sleep diary for two weeks. Note the times you go to bed when you think you fell asleep, and when you woke up, the medicines you took that day, exercise, liquid, and food consumption.
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