Have you ever been told by your family, roommates or spouse that you whisper words in your sleep. The phenomenon of sleep talking can raise many questions in your mind, so here are some of the answers.
Somniloquy, commonly known as sleep talking, is an abnormal sleep disorder in which the person talks when he is actually asleep without being aware of it. If you go by studies, sleep talking is not a product of the conscious mind. Sleep talkers usually talk to themselves, but they can even laugh, whisper or shout. Episodes of sleep talking does not last more than 30 seconds at a time and it is rare for a person to have more than one episode per night. Sleep talkers might use words that are not used in everyday life and sometimes even murmur, making it difficult to understand what the person is trying to say.
Sleep talking is a common phenomenon, with some doing it once in a blue moon and others doing it every night. However, sleep talking is most common among children between the ages of 3 to 10. Almost 5 percent of adults also sleep talk, with most of them being males.
Sleep talking usually occurs by itself and is harmless. But in some cases, it may also be an indication of a serious sleep disorder. Some of the common causes of sleep talking are:
You don't need a specific treatment to prevent you from talking in your sleep. If your sleep talking is severe and disturbs your roommate or bed partner too much then pay a visit to your physician. There may be an underlying medical explanation for your sleep talking.
You can however reduce the occurrence of sleep talking by following these tips:
Talking in your sleep can be innocent or the beginning of something much graver. It is very important that you learn all about your condition and take immediate steps to treat it if it is serious.