Have you ever been woken up by a roommate/sibling/partner/spouse in the middle of the night thinking that they are telling you something, only to find out that they’re just talking in their sleep? Somniloquy, popularly known as sleep talking, is commonly encountered by the populace, but it’s not easily understood by many. Some completely ignore it, while others fear it. If you’ve ever been curious about sleep talking, you may find these ten facts interesting.
1. Sleep talking is physically harmless.
While Somniloquy is an actual sleep disorder, experts say that it is physically harmless, as all it actually does is let you utter speech even while you’re asleep. It may, however, be caused by more serious triggers like stress, depression, sleep deprivation, anxiety, day-time drowsiness, psychiatric disorders, or a fever. It can also be a result of alcohol consumption. According to specialists, while sleep talking is safe, it can be quite embarrassing for the sleeper, as most speeches made are actually done subconsciously or triggered by a dream or nightmare.
2. Sleep talking content is varied and can be just about anything.
“Modern sleep science and the law accept that sleep talking is not a product of a conscious or rational mind and is therefore usually inadmissible in court,” says the Sleep Foundation. There’s very little known about the content of most sleep talk that allows experts to conclude that there’s really not much basis to it most of the time. So, the next time you hear your spouse other another man/woman’s name in the middle of the night, it may just be something extremely random.
3. Anyone can sleep talk, but it is most likely to occur among family members (as it is hereditary), as well as males and children.
As somniloquy can be caused by a lot of things, it is not too surprising that it can happen to anyone. However, studies show that it is more prevalent among males and children, and is more likely to run in the family.
4. Sleep talking can occur at any point of an individual’s sleep.
While other sleep activities, like dreaming, only happen during specific stages of sleep, somniloquy can take place any time while a person is in slumber. The quality of the speech depends on the sleep stage, though, so if the talk occurs during the deeper stages, it will sound more gibberish, while it can be more coherent as the sleeper progresses to lighter stages of their forty winks.
5. While somniloquy is safe for the talker, it can cause sleeplessness to bed partners and roommates in extreme cases.
Sleep talking vary in severity among different people. While some may utter a completely out of context line or two before drifting back to sleep, others go on full tirades and even engage in conversations even while asleep. In some cases, siblings who share bedrooms are said to actually talk to each other while in deep slumber.
The speaking volume among sleep talkers can be very varied as well. It can be as soft as the talker can go, but it can also be as loud as possible. This, of course, can cause sleep disturbance for bed partners and roommates, which can become a big problem for repeated occurrences.
Sleep talking may not exactly be dangerous to one’s health, but it can be eliminated through certain steps. Experts suggest that sleep talkers should be allowed to sleep alone once they start disturbing other people’s slumber, as well as avoid having heavy dinners, reduce stress, and get more rest as sleep deprivation can make somniloquy worse. For the meantime, you can have a good laugh at the hilarious things some people have been reported to utter in their sleep.