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  April 2nd 

Talking in Your Sleep

"Sometimes Embarrassing but Rarely Threatening" 

By: Terrence Gaddis 
Although it can be maddening for others, talking in your sleep is not often a serious condition. Sleep talking - also known as somniloquy - is a condition where individuals will talk, shout, whisper or even grunt in their sleep. It is category of parasomnia, which is a term used to describe abnormal behavior during sleep like sleep walking. Talking in your sleep is rarely considered dangerous or even requires treatment except in rare cases.

It is estimated that 5 percent of adults talk in their sleep on a regular basis.

Talking in Your Sleep: Frequency of Occurrence

Talking in your sleep is not a rare occurrence. While in childhood, it is estimated that approximately 50% of people do talk in their sleep. In a 2004 poll, one in ten children was reported to talk in their sleep at least twice a week. Most children grow out of talking in their sleep when they hit puberty therefore, sleep talking occurs much less in adults. It is estimated that only 5% of adult persons experience talking in their sleep.


Generally speaking, no treatment for talking in your sleep is usually necessary as the condition is neither extreme nor dangerous. The condition is not considered impairing or risky except in specific cases where the sleep talking is especially vulgar, violent, emotional or dramatic. In addition, if the condition persists over a long or extended period of time, the individual suffering should talk to a doctor or a health care provider to seek their opinion. The condition is only considered serious if there is an underlying cause such as a sleep disorder or something related to anxiety or stress issues. In those cases, consulting a sleep specialist or physician is recommended.

Coping - Living with Sleep Talking

There are several coping mechanisms for those who experience talking in their sleep and are interested in pursuing a course to diminish its occurrence. Some of the actions that can alleviate this issue can include practicing one or more of the following: establish and maintain a regular sleep pattern, ensure you are getting adequate levels of sleep, practice appropriate sleep hygiene at all times, avoid excess or late evening drinking of alcohol, refrain from eating heavy meals especially just prior to sleep time, and reduce the stress levels of your life to any degree possible.

Interesting Facts about Talking in Your Sleep

Centuries earlier, it was believe by some that talking in your sleep was a sign of demonic possession
It is possible to actually converse with many sleep talkers though they will not likely have any conscious awareness of having done so if asked the next morning
Occurrences of sleep talking are much more common than occurrences of sleep walking
A number of common causes of sleep talking are suspected by many sleep specialists - these include a lack of sleep, existing fevers, and higher levels of stress, extreme pain or trauma
One indicator that stress is causing sleep talking is if the occurrences increase with an increase in the level of stress experienced by the individual
Males and females appear to sleep talk to the same degree in adulthood and childhood
There is some evidence provided that sleep talking appears to run in families
Medical science is not entirely sure what it is that causes people to talk in their sleep

Source: http://www.Go-to-Sleep.net

Go-to-Sleep.net is a website dedicated to the study of sleep. Everything that you could want to to know about how to go to sleep, including: sleep disorders, causes, cures, and studies.

Terrence Gaddis has been fascinated with sleep maladies since suffering through a case of insomnia in his youth. From this time forward, he has studied all the causes, treatments and news about this phenomenon.

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