Talking in your Sleep- Causes and Treatment

Somniloquy or simply talking in your sleep is a sleeping disorder that is most common on 3 to 10 years old children but there are some adults that also experience this.  Studies show that there is no harm done to the people who sleep while they are asleep but it can be very annoying for those who sleep beside you and can also be a subject of ridicule and embarrassing when you are sleeping with other people.

Generally, someone who sleep talk is not aware of what she was talking.  I have experienced sleep walking and talking in my childhood days and based from experience, I never had the slightest idea what I have done or talked about when I wake up the following morning. Sleep talking can range from small mutterings to long winded conversations.  Others says that you can even create a conversation with someone who is experiencing sleep talking. Studies shows that girls are more prone to sleep talk rather than boys. (I never known any boys that sleep talk)

sleep talking is common to children

Most sleep talking is calm and monotone. Though it is rare, some sleep talkers have been known to yell out and frighten those around them. Sleep talking is a part of the sleeping disorder parasomnia. This is caused by non-restful or unfulfilled sleep stages.  Those who suffers parasomnia often display activities in their sleep such as sleepwalking, sleep talking, teeth grinding, and night terrors. Some also experience body jerking and thrash about in their sleep. The person is usually unable to fall fully asleep that could cause drowsiness.  As for me, i have experienced all of them and I guess some of you possibly know the old saying that it’s bad when your teeth grinding and the elders will even slap you with sleepers when you have done that.  ( I have been slapped for several times but honestly, I don’t remember feeling anything or knowing it.  Funny, but’s its the reality)

Possible Causes of Sleep Talking:

Sleep talking is thought to run in families, but there are some other factors which may affect a person’s sleep patterns. These can include:

  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety disorders or other psychiatric disorders
  • Stress
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Fever

Solutions or Treatments:

There is no known procedure to reduce sleep talking but avoiding stress and knowing the reasons that might have been the source of the problem can help you.  Avoiding drinking a lot of coffee or other caffeinated beverages before going to bed can also help.  Getting plenty of sleep can also help in some way because by doing so, you are secure that you are getting enough rest which your body needs.

Sleep talking rarely requires treatment. However, severe sleep talking may be the result of another more serious sleep disorder or medical condition, which can be treated. When you think that sleep talking is getting serious you can always talk to a physician or doctor about possible treatment.

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  1. My husband talks a lot when he is asleep. and he yells too. My daughter talks too when she is asleep. It runs in the blood.

  2. My 3 little nephews sleep talk too and sometimes they talk loud, more like arguing with someone in their dreams hehehe…I find it amusing 😀

  3. Oh I didn’t know there was a term for sleep talking. My hubby does it a lot. I guess it’s because of stress…

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