If you slept alongside someone, then you might have heard them sleep talking sometimes. This is a condition that appears quite a lot nowadays, but unlike many people tend to think, this is not a medical problem.





Also known as Somniloquy, sleep talking occurs during the REM as well as the non-REM sleep portions. If this happens during the REM phase, our vocal chords are inactive, but for a very short period of time they are switched on. At this time, we will just speak out loud what we are experiencing in our dream. The interesting thing in this regard is that the things we say can be intelligible most of the time, because numerous aspects of wakefulness can be encountered even while we sleep.


It’s important to know that just about anyone can talk in their sleep. Yes, according to numerous studies from universities all over the world, it seems that sleep issues appear often at any age. From 3 year old kids to adults with 70+ years of age, all of them can sleep talk, so it’s a broad specter to say the least.


What causes sleep talking though? According to the specialists, they managed to identify some of the causes. These include a combination of medications, as well as substance abuse, fever, emotional stress, mental health disorder and other similar situations.


The worst part however is that if you live on your own you just can’t identify the issue, because there aren’t any symptoms that might show you this. At the same time, this is not a sleep disorder, so you might be fully rested and still have the sleep talking issue at the same time.


As you can see, sleep talking can usually relate to the fact that you are under constant stress from one thing or another. The reality is that people tend to be very stressed sometimes, or under constant pressure, and it seems that this is exactly when sleep talking tends to occur. This is an unfortunate thing to say the least considering that the last thing you want to do is to think about these issues, especially during sleep, but as we said, such things to happen.


So, is there a way to avoid sleep talking? Up until now, there is no real cure for this inconvenience, but there are a few things that you can do in order to reduce sleep talking. First, you need to create a sleep diary and keep your sleep pattern under control, as this will allow you to identify the inconveniences at all times. At the same time, track the times when you drink fluids, the medicines you intake and the amount of exercise you perform each day. Lastly, it’s a very good idea to avoid stress at all times, as this can lead to sleep talking and at the same time it can hamper your sleep too!


In conclusion, while harmful, sleep talking can be an inconvenience, and this is why you need to do whatever it takes in order to reduce the amount of stress in your life and live a healthier lifestyle. This allows you to feel better and remove sleep talking!