Have you been talking in your sleep? Well, if you have, you probably aren’t aware of it. Most people don’t know they are sleep talkers unless their partner or a family member points it out. Sleep talking, which was formerly referred to as somniloquy, involves uttering unconscious dialogue during sleep. If you’re talking in your sleep, it could be mumbles, gibberish or full sentences and conversations. The act can be random, or it can occur when someone engages in conversation with a sleep talker.
Anyone can talk in their sleep, though it is more likely to occur in children and men. This common sleep disorder is usually harmless and is not considered to be a medical problem. In most cases, it is more disruptive to your partner or roommate if you talk in your sleep than it is to you.
There are a number of factors that may be triggering your sleep talking. Depression, stress, lack of sleep, alcohol or illness may cause you to be chattier when your head hits the pillow. It also runs in families, but it’s outside stimulants that prompt the act. In addition, if you have been diagnosed with other sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or nightmares, sleep talking is more likely to occur.
Usually, someone has to tell you that you have been talking in your sleep; it is not easy to recognize on your own. Sleep talking can occur at any time of the night and any stage of sleep, and in most cases, the deeper the sleep the more unintelligible the talking. In addition to sleep talking, other symptoms include sleepwalking, REM sleep behavior disorders or sleep terrors. For a lot of people, talking in their sleep is a temporary occurrence that doesn’t require treatment, but chronic, severe sleep talking may need intervention.
If you have been talking in your sleep nightly for over a year, you should see your doctor to address whether you’re suffering from an underlying problem. Not only may you be disrupting the sleep of someone else if you’re sharing a sleep space, but you also may not be getting the quality rest you need if you’re showing signs of sleep talking. To reduce or prevent sleep talking episodes, try implementing the Sleep Hygiene Cycle™ to regulate your sleep patterns. You should also try to de-stress before bed to find some relief. Your doctor may suggest a sleep study to determine if you have another issue that may be leading to your nighttime babble.
If your partner needs relief from your sleep talking, suggesting a melatonin supplement like REMfresh may help them stay asleep while you’re chattering away. REMfresh was specifically developed with our Ion-Powered Pump™ technology to continually release melatonin for up to 7 hours, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.
Though talking in your sleep is a harmless problem, you should address it to be sure it is not impacting the quality and quantity of your sleep, or anyone else’s.