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Sleep Talking

Why Do Some People Talk In Their Sleep?

Though it’s somewhat mysterious, sleep talking (a.k.a. somniloquy) is a common phenomenon. About half of kids talk in their sleep at least once a year (and less than 10% do it every day). And roughly 67% of adults talk in their sleep at least once every three months. It often runs in families and tends to be more common among men. Sleep talking can vary considerably in its content—ranging from gibberish or mumbling to nonsensical outbursts to full, coherent sentences. Sometimes it may seem as though the sleep-talker is giving a speech or monologue, while other times it can sound as though the person is carrying on a conversation with someone else. The chatter can occur during any…

Sleep Talking: What is it?

  Say what? Find out why some people talk in their sleep. Are you quite the gabber during the night, or is your sleeping partner? Learn more, below, about why people chatter during slumber. Sleep talking is a sleep disorder defined as talking during sleep without being aware of it. Technically called “somniloquy,” talking while you get your zzz’s can occur during any stage of sleep, but it is most likely to be comprehensible to a bed partner during REM sleep. Talking during deeper sleep (NREM sleep, stages three and four) just sounds like gibberish. Talking during any sleep stage can involve mumbles, moans, calling out, or whispering, but it is not considered a product of consciousness….

Sleep Talking: Is it bad?

Find out whether you should be concerned. Sure, maybe your partner finds sleep talking annoying and disruptive to his or her slumber, but from a scientific perspective, the activity is usually considered to be normal. Sleep talking can come in a variety of forms that range from mumbling or gibberish to full and coherent sentences. Any person can experience sleep talking during the night. It tends to occur more often in men and especially in children. If you don’t know what has led you to start talking in your sleep, one of these reasons could be behind it: genetics, sleep deprivation, consuming alcohol or drugs, fever, stress, depression, etc. Some of these factors can also…