Are you a chit chat person at night? The question is not about your chats during late night parties. But, this is about your talks while you sleep. Surprised? Yes, some people chatter during their sleep. You may not know whether you are a sleep talker or not. Your partner may be able to answer that. Or sometimes, you may have noticed whispers, mumbles, or speeches coming from your partner during the sleep. Well, that is sleep taking.
Understanding Sleep Talking
Sleep talking, also known as somniloquy is considered a type of parasomnia, which is an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. Those who talk during sleep are not aware of their behavior. Hence, they sound different from their normal speech. Since it is a result of an unconscious mind, even the court does not admit it as an evidence. Sleep talk usually happens during the REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM (NREM) phases of sleep.
So, are you curious to know your chances of sleep talking? Yes, you may sleep talk. In fact, anyone can talk while they are asleep. However, it is more common in males and children.1 A survey of 2,022 school going children in the age range of 3 to 10 concluded that about half of the kids sleep talk at least once a year. However, less than 10% do it every night.2 And it typically disappears during adulthood and does not require any intervention.3 Sometimes, sleep talking can occur between two sleepers. They do not recollect any of the conversation when they get up.
Sleep talking from an
Causes Of Sleep Talking
Many consider sleep talking as part of their dreams. But, various other factors cause it.4
- External Factors: Stress, depression, alcohol, fever, and sleep deprivation may lead to sleep talking. If you are someone with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chances of sleeping disorders like sleep talking are more.5
- Genetics: If sleep talking runs in your family, you will also do that. If parents had a habit of sleep talking during their childhood, kids are likely to experience it more.
- Sleep Disorders: You may talk while sleeping if you suffer from other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, confusion arousals, REM sleep behavior, and nightmares.
- Mental Illness: In persons over 25 years of age, sleep talking might be associated with mental or medical illness. However, it is not common.
- Medications: Certain medications could induce sleep talking. The use of montelukast, which is a drug for asthma, may result in the development of parasomnias in the form of sleep talking or sleepwalking.6
Is Sleep Talking Bad
Medically, there is nothing wrong with sleep talking.7 But, there are other factors that may disturb people. It may agitate your sleeping partner. Moreover, it embarrasses the person who has this disorder.
Even though it is normal, if sleep talking happens
|↑1||Sleep Talking. National Sleep Foundation.|
|↑2||Reimão, Rubens NAA, and Antonio B. Lefévre. “Prevalence of sleep-talking in childhood.” Brain and Development 2, no. 4 (1980): 353-357.|
|↑3||El Shakankiry, Hanan M. “Sleep physiology and sleep disorders in childhood.” Nature and science of sleep 3 (2011): 101.|
|↑4||Sleep Talking-Causes. Sleep.org|
|↑5||Ohayon, Maurice M., and Colin M. Shapiro. “Sleep disturbances and psychiatric disorders associated with posttraumatic stress disorder in the general population.” Comprehensive psychiatry 41,
|↑6||Alkhuja, Samer, Natalya Gazizov, and Mary Ellen Alexander. “Sleeptalking! Sleepwalking! Side effects of montelukast.” Case reports in pulmonology 2013 (2013).|
|↑7||Sleep Talking: Is it bad? Sleep.org.|