Many people suffer from some sort of sleep disturbance: snoring,
nightmares, night sweats,
interrupted sleep, teeth
walking are just a few of them. It can be annoying to
share a bed with
someone who frequently experiences these disturbances during the night,
and embarrassing for the person with the problem.
When you are sleep talking, it is most probably a reflection of the
brain processes that occur while you sleep. It can be described as a
automatic behavior that is caused by input from the waking
life. Although it is most frequent in children, sleep talking can
happen at any point in your life.
During deep sleep the body most commonly gets “shut down” and we are
prevented from moving around. This is a form of biological
protection that makes us safe while we sleep. Talking is also not
possible most of the time during sleep. Once in a while, however,
something goes through the blockage and we can move and talk. This is
the cause of abnormal nighttime behavior and some sleep disturbances.
Although it can be the result of a dream, this is, according to
researchers, not true in most cases. Sleep talking rarely occurs during
stage of a sleep cycle,
which is when we dream. It is during the first three of four stages
that people speak without being aware of it.
Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep.
The lighter the sleep, the more intelligible the speech: in stages 1
and 2, people may have entire conversations, while in stages 3 and 4,
the speech is often grumbled and unintelligible or nonsensical. This
makes sense, as the body’s ability to move and speak gradually is
lowered during the night, makes it almost completely impossible to
sleep talk when in your deepest sleep.
Most people that talk in their sleep do not see it as a huge
Many people know that when they do it, it is connected to a certain
issue or stressful situation in their life. In most cases
there are no common, underlying health issues behind sleep talking, as
mentioned before, even the healthiest people talk in their sleep.
biggest issue is often a sleep talker’s partner’s sleep that is
interrupted; it can be incredibly annoying (and sometimes
unsettling) to listen to the person next to you utter loud yells,
incomprehensible words or full, meaningless sentences.
Being woken up night after night, by someone
telling you that you are
talking in your sleep, or waking up with a jolt because the person next
to you is talking in their sleep, can seriously lower the quality of
Most people today do not get enough sleep in the first
place; if you are one of these people, also frequently, being disturbed
in your sleep can be a serious issue.
There is no direct treatment for sleep talking, but there are ways to
make sure that you sleep
better and more deeply, which may alleviate
the problem. It is recommended that people with abnormal night time
behavior do not take sleeping medication, as this can lead to even more
Things that can be tried include:
If you do not get enough sleep or go to bed too
late, it may cause you
to talk in your sleep more often. Ideally you should go to bed around
10 pm and wake up next morning without an alarm clock, feeling well
rested and restored.
If you are talking in your sleep due to
underlying stress issues, you
should try to solve them as soon as possible. Stress is never a good
thing, and can lead to serious health issues.
There are several herbal supplements available
that can improve the
quality of your sleep. Some natural
sleep remedies can also help alleviate stress, which may
fix the problem
remedies for better sleep.
There are pillows, mattresses, methods to
and many other remedies
available that claim to be able to make you sleep better. If you think
you do not sleep deeply enough, you can try to find out what works for
As mentioned earlier, sleep talking can in rare
cases be caused by
serious illnesses such as mental diseases.
If the symptoms below occur along with your
sleep talking or if it is
very severe and occurs of a long period of time, it may be advisable to
see a specialist.
These symptoms can be a sign of more serious
sleep disorders. Some of
- REM Sleep
Behavior Disorder, a
condition that completely removes the blockage of motor skills that
occur during deep
sleep (especially REM sleep), resulting in often
violent movements, yells and general abnormal sleep behavior;
to Causes of Sleep
to the Snoring