Sleep Talking - Funny or dangerous?

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January 25, 2010

There are many reasons why some people talk during sleep – sleep deprivation, stress, alcohol consumption and daytime sleepiness are just some reasons behind this activity. Sleep talking (formally known as somniloquy) can involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling. While some people would find these ramblings funny, embarrassing or a barrier to enjoying a good night’s sleep, Karen Slavick-Lennard made light of her husband’s condition by blogging his odd sleep comments. The Lennard’s blog has become so popular the couple has launched a London-based television show to discuss Adam’s condition.

Sleep talking is not particularly dangerous, but it can keep your partner up at night. The good news is that for most people it is a rare and short-lived occurrence. Anyone can experience sleep talking, but the condition is more common in males and children.

Sleep-talkers are not typically aware of their behaviors or speech; therefore their voices and the type of language they use may sound different from their wakeful speech. Somniloquy usually goes untreated but there may be an underlying medical explanation for your sleep talking. If you are concerned about sleep talking, talk to your health care provider.