What is Sleep Talking?

March 3, 2012

Somniloquy, commonly known as Sleep Talking, falls on a behavioural disorder called Parasomnia. Along with sleep talking, other disorders associated with Parasomnia include sleep walking, sleep eating, night terrors, etc. These involuntary habits are common amongst ordinary people. In fact, everyone is said to have manifested such behaviour in the past. A 2004 survey showed that kids are more prone to talk in their sleep because of their immature state of mind. Such things are just some of the causes of Interrupted Sleep. It’s a fascinating fact that people who sleep talk have zero idea on what they say during the time being.

Sleep Talking

Scientists have different explanations on when sleep talking occurs. Some say that it takes place during the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep because this is when we have a full grasp of our dreams. In this stage, dreams are spoken by the person. However, according to Dr. William Kohler, there is no clear evidence that a person’s exact dream is related to what they end up saying. So if you feel your partner or friend is keeping a secret from you, don’t rely on this Parasomnia to provide facts that would confirm any suspicion you might have.

Sleep talking is said to be hereditary, but experts claim that children will eventually outgrow it.  Despite the fact that sleep talking is a disruptive behaviour, little to no harm can arouse from it. Nevertheless, it is something that should ultimately be avoided. And even thought there is no exact formula on how to get rid of such behaviour, scientists suggest that the best we could do is to always treat ourselves with the right amount of sleep. Another helpful tip is that we should make sure that we don’t distress ourselves before we sleep. Stretching exercises and soothing music will surely relax our mind and body.

Just like any other Parasomnia behaviour, sleep talking is a serious disorder, and it is something that should not be made fun of. If you share a bed with someone who sleep talks, approach his or her condition with empathy, formulating ways on how to eliminate it.