Sleep Talking - Funny or dangerous?
There are many reasons why some people talk during sleep – sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol consumption and daytime sleepiness are just some reasons behind this activity. Sleep talking (formally known as somniloquy) can involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling. While some people would find these ramblings funny, embarrassing or a barrier to enjoying a good night’s sleep, Karen Slavick-Lennard made light of her husband’s condition by blogging his odd sleep comments. The Lennard’s blog has become so popular the couple has launched a London-based television show to discuss Adam’s condition.
Sleep talking is not particularly dangerous, but it can keep your partner up at night. The good news is that for most people it is a rare and short-lived occurrence. Anyone can experience sleep talking, but the condition is more common in males and children.
Sleep-talkers are not typically aware of their behaviors or speech; therefore their voices and the type of language they use may sound different from their wakeful speech. Somniloquy usually goes untreated but there may be an underlying medical explanation for your sleep talking. If you are concerned about sleep talking, talk to your health care provider.
Copyright Notice: All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of the National Sleep Foundation. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. Links to Web sites other than those owned by the National Sleep Foundation are offered as a service to readers and the foundation is not responsible for their content. Click here to request permission.
Advertisement Notice: The National Sleep Foundation neither control nor endorse the advertisements, items or Websites featured in the advertisers links on our Web pages.