Talking in Your Sleep, What Causes It?

Has anyone ever told you that you talk in your sleep? Or maybe you’ve heard your partner or a child babbling late at night before falling asleep again. Have you ever wondered why that happens, why we sometimes talk in our sleep?

If so, then you’ve come to the right place. In this article we will try to provide answers to your questions about sleep talking. One solution might be a comfortable mattress such as the Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe Breeze mattress (read our Tempur Pedic review).

Keep reading to learn more about this unusual sleep disorder, what causes it and whether there are any other treatments for it. Last updated Feb 22, 2021 @ 7:37 pm

What Is Sleep Talking?

Sleep talking, otherwise known somniloquy, is a sleep disorder that causes you to talk in your sleep without being aware of it. It is also considered to be a type of parasomnia.

It can cause you to mumble or speak complete gibberish, but sometimes it can even involve complicated dialogues or monologues. You may also talk in a voice or language different from what you would normally use while awake.

Sleep talking is considered to be harmless. Most people will experience at least one episode of sleep talking during their life and they won’t remember it upon waking up.

An episode of sleep talking normally lasts no more than 30 seconds, but some people may talk many times during the night.

What Causes Sleep Talking?

Experts aren’t sure what exactly causes sleep talking and what occurs in the brain when we sleep talk. Some studies show that sleep talking may have connections to our genetics and that it can run in families.

Sleep talking can occur in any stage of sleep and is usually harmless. However, in some cases, it may be a sign of some underlying and usually more serious sleep disorder such as REM sleep behavior disorder and night terrors. It can also occur with nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder and sleepwalking.

Sleep walking can occur due to some existing health conditions, particularly mental health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc.

Other factors that can contribute to sleep talking involve: substance abuse, emotional stress, fever, certain medications, etc.

When to See a Doctor?

Sleep talking isn’t usually considered to be a serious medical condition. However, if it is so extreme that it interferes with the quality of your sleep and if you are too exhausted and have difficulties concentrating during the day, then you should talk to your doctor.

As we have already mentioned, sleep talking can occur due to some existing sleep disorder or health condition and in such case your doctor may suggest a full examination and treating those disorders or/and conditions first in order to stop sleep talking.

Is There Any Treatment for Sleep Talking?

Because it’s not quite clear what causes sleep talking, there is limited knowledge about methods to stop sleep talking.

There are no special treatments for this sleep disorder and there are no known ways to stop sleep talking. Because of the limited frequency of sleep talking and its minimal negative consequences, in most situations, treatment for this sleep disorder is not necessary.

However, if an underlying sleep disorder or health condition is the cause, you can try treating them first. But if this is not the case, here is what you can do to try to reduce sleep talking:

  • Improve your sleep hygiene – Try to improve your sleep hygiene and get plenty of sleep every day. Go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning even on weekends to regulate your sleep wake cycles and improve the quality of your sleep.
  • Avoid stress – Try to avoid stress and practice some relaxing bedtime routines before going to sleep such as meditation or taking a warm bath. This can help you relax, fall asleep easier and stay asleep all night long.
  • Creating a comfortable sleeping environment – This includes having a comfortable and supportive mattress, an excellent pillow and other bedding items that will make you feel comfortable and allow you to stay asleep all night long without experiencing episodes of sleep talking.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeinated beverages close to bedtime – To improve the quality of your sleep and reduce the risk of sleep talking, you should avoid drinking alcohol, coffee and other caffeinated beverages close to bedtime. Alcohol can initially make you feel sleepy, but it will interfere you’re your sleep later during the night, while coffee may prevent you from falling asleep instantaneously.
  • Keep the sources of light and noise away from your bedroom – Try to dim the lights in your room and give yourself time to wind down and relax before sleep. Keep your room dark during the night and try to keep the sources of noise away from you.
  • Avoid using electronic devices close to bedtime – You should also try to avoid using electronic devices before sleep, especially electronic devices that emit blue light such as smart phones, laptops, tablets, etc. as blue light can keep you up for a long time.

Sometimes vivid dreams may cause us to talk in our sleep. Read our article: What Are Vivid Dreams? and learn more about this sleep disorder. 

Conclusion

Sleep talking is a harmless sleep disorder that causes you to talk in your sleep.

It can be triggered by various factors and can happen to anyone and is usually no cause of concern. However, if it interferes with the quality of your sleep or the sleep of your partner, if you are too exhausted during the day and have difficulties concentrating, then you should see your doctor.

As scientists don’t know much about this sleep disorder, there is no right kind of treatment that would help you stop sleep talking. You can treat some of the underlying sleep disorders or health conditions if there are any or try out some of the practices that we mentioned above.

We hope our article was helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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