At Sleep365, we know that a luxurious mattress goes a long way toward getting good, healthy sleep. But we know that sometimes it’s not just your mattress that gets in the way of a good night. So we wanted to explore some of the most challenging sleep behaviors out there, and what you can do about them.
Sleep talking – technically known as somniloquy – is simply the act of talking while sleeping. Sleep talking might include mumbling, nonsensical speech, or entire dialogues. The speech – if it’s at all coherent – might refer to past or present events. Like dealing with a cranky old Australian, understanding a sleep talker’s speech can be difficult or impossible. But don’t worry — most incidents last just a few seconds and are harmless.
Sleep talkers are typically not aware of their behavior. Sleep talking can occur spontaneously but it can also be induced by speaking to a sleeping person.
Unlike sleepwalking, sleep talking poses no physical danger, though it can irritate your bed-sharing partner or roommate. Sleep talkers are often afraid to sleep away from home to avoid annoying others or embarrassing themselves.
Sleep talking can be genetic, and seems to occur more in males and children. It might be caused by alcohol and drugs, stress, fever, anxiety, and depression. Eliminating or accurately diagnosing these conditions could enable you to tackle your sleep talking.