This is what triggers sleep talking

  • Jan 27 , 2017

Sleep talking also known as ‘somnliloquy’, is a sleep disorder that involves unconscious talking during sleep. Sleep talking varies in its content, ranging from mumbling, gibberish and nonsensical words to full, complicated, coherent narratives.

Sleep talking can be spontaneous, but may also be induced by someone else who talks with them while asleep. This nocturnal language can even sound different from their wakeful speaking voice. No one really knows where the content of our sleep ramblings comes from. Sometimes, people will talk so coherently that they seem to be having a complete conversation even though they are asleep. Other times the words and sounds being uttered don’t make any sense at all. You don’t have to be in a specific stage of sleep to experience episodes of sleep talking.

If you or someone in your life struggles with sleep talking, there are some steps you can take to alleviate the problem and limit the number of episodes.

  • Watch your stress: Stress can increase the how often you talk in your sleep and may make sleep talking episodes more severe. In order to keep quiet while you are asleep, take steps to alleviate any stress you cannot eliminate each day.
  • Get a good night’s sleep: If you are low on sleep, you may be more likely to talk while you are sleeping. Combat your need to chat by going to bed on time, practising good sleep hygiene, and tracking your sleep to make sure you are getting enough.
  • Stay sober: Alcohol is another sleep talking instigator. If you are keeping your loved one awake at night, look at what you had to eat and drink that night. Consuming alcohol close to bedtime can lead to more talking in your sleep.

Although sleep talking isn’t harmful, you should talk to your doctor about your symptoms because sleep talking may indicate the presence of another sleep disorder.