What are the causes of Sleepwalking and Sleep Talking?

January 24, 2014

Sleep is pretty awesome, am I right? It’s rest for the mind and body, and it’s one of the most pleasurable things we will ever get to experience at a regular basis. The way it works is pretty simple, too. However, there are a lot of things happening in a human being at any given moment, and biology and related sciences have shown that the way the human body works is pretty complex – even during sleep.

But despite that, sleeping is still pretty simple. You lie down, you make yourself comfortable, you lose consciousness, and once you’re rested enough, you wake up. It’s pretty basic, right?

Of course it is, but that’s not always the case. We’ve talked a lot about various sleep disorders such as insomnia and we’ve pretty much come to the conclusion that even the world of sleep, dreams, and slumber will not always turn out the way we prefer it to be. In this particular post, we’re gonna talk about the differences between sleepwalking and sleep talking. What causes them and how do they affect us?

Sleep Walking

  • Sleepwalking

We’ve already discussed why people sleepwalk in a previous article, but I’m going to re-establish the vital details anyway. Sleepwalking is a disorder, of course. It’s simply not the way things are supposed to be. It’s hereditary, which means that if your parents have it, then you will most likely have it, too.

Sleepwalking is induced by the consumption of alcohol and certain pharmaceutical drugs. A lot of physical conditions may cause sleepwalking. The list goes on from stroke, to obstructive sleep apnea, to head injuries, all the way to something as simple and common as sleep deprivation. Sleeping pills may also cause sleepwalking; however, it only happens as a rare side-effect. Sleepwalking is pretty common among children between the ages of 8 to 12.

Sleep Talking

  • Sleep Talking

Sleep talking isn’t as harmful as sleepwalking, but it’s still caused by the same obvious thing – sleep deprivation. It isn’t considered a “disorder” as much as sleepwalking, but it happens to as much as 50% of young children! Now that’s pretty common. However, the number diminishes to 5% as they get older and become adults. It’s generally harmless, but it can be very disruptive especially if the amount of talking is starting to wake up other people. It’s just like snoring in that case, but not as regular.

The common ground between sleepwalking and sleep talking is that the person experiencing it stays asleep the whole time. It’s extremely common for a person to not remember anything they did or said if they’re woken up from sleepwalking or sleep talking. But whether or not a person sleepwalking or sleep talking, they will always need a comfortable mattress to go back to. It’s not like they’re going to be sleepwalking or sleep talking all night. That’s why comfort is important, since it keeps sleep deprivation at bay, and thus, any disorder caused by it.