Why do People Talk in their Sleep?

When people talk loud while they are sleeping, that situation is known as sleep talk. Sleep Talk in medical sense is known as ‘Somniloqua’. In modern life this situation of sleep is more common observation in people. The one who listens to the person talking in a sleep, may or may not understand what exactly he or she is talking about. Sleep talk can occur because of some sleep disorders, for example; sleep walking, nightmares, medications side effect, mental stress etc. The content talked by a person in a sleep can be offensive, senseless, vulgar and sometimes strange too. Sleep talk may occur many times during sleep.

Reason for Sleep Talk or Somniloqua
people-talk-in-their-sleepOne reason for sleep talk can also be the dreaming as it is closely linked with it. People generally dream in a stage of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. Sleep talk also occurs in the same stage i.e. during REM sleep. Generally, in a dream a person go for a conversation with the mirage subjects of dream. Sometimes this conversation gets loud and excited so that it becomes sleep talk. Even if we are dreaming something that is very horrible or thrilling, we start shouting and screaming with fear.
It has been noted that about 50% of the young children and about 5% of the adults do sleep talk. Ratio can’t be distributed in terms of sex; it is common in men as well as women. It is quite possible that the adults who speak while sleeping are suffering from some mental stress. Sleep talking is harmless and it does not need any serious treatment. But, if it is very frequent then one can go to the doctor. He can help by telling the exact reason for sleep talk. But one should not forget to tell the doctor about previous and recent medications.
Some people also believe that sleep talking is related with the spirits. They believe that the good spirits communicate and interact with us by means of sleep talk. Superstitious people believe that good spirits guide us, encourage us, protect us, inspire us and even warm us about dangers of near future. On the other hand, bad spirits can be considered affect us many negative ways. So, it is believed in many parts of world that sleep talk is a conversation with these spirits.
Actually Sleep talk is associated with some sleep problems. All these sleep problems can be treated in a separate way. But medication is not at all a solution to sleeping problems. Doctors generally promote people to develop good sleeping habits to get rid of sleeping problems. For teens, sound sleep of at least 8 to 9 hours is recommended. Watching television and playing games till late night is harmful for mental health and it leads to various sleeping problems.
If somebody feels that he or she is getting complete rest at night and still having sleep problems then one should consult a doctor because it is quite possible that some other health problems are associated with it.

Category: Mental Health

20 Comments on “Why do People Talk in their Sleep?”


Daniel wrote:

I sleep talk. I’m not sure how frequent. It only found out about it a few months ago when my partner told me I kept asking about finding the files. He wasn’t initially aware that I was still sleeping but he was able to talk to me and have me respond back to him. I also nodded off in a chair and came out of it mumbling but don’t remember what I said.

justin wrote:

I also sleep talk, i used to sleep walk when i was a kid but i have since grown out of that but now all i do is sleep talk, my wife usually gets woken up sometimes because i ask her something when i was asleep and i guess i didnt go back to bed until she answered my question. She has told me other times that i usually just talk in my sleep and other times i actually look at her and talk to her then go back to bed but i never remember any of this stuff.

marky wrote:

i sleep talk too whats the best medication ?

chris wrote:

i was with my partner and we were both asleep i woke up at the same time i was asking a question and my partner responded back but we were both asleep when said..

hayley wrote:

I often sleep talk and remember most of the time when I do it. I used to sleep walk when I was a child and so did my brother. When I sleep talk i sometimes semi- wake up, i know what im saying and I have to tell myself that im asleep and then i go back to sleep straight away. Its strange. But funny at times!

kaipat, robert wrote:

i sleep talk but i don’t know why. i remember my dreams that particular night but why my wife said about what i said during my sleep didn’t match what i dreamed.

Me wrote:

My little sister sleep talks all the time. She usually talks around 11-3 o’clock! She is 11. One time she yelled “GOD IS US!!” My friend was over so we went to go check it out. We were confused, amused, and creeped out at the same time. After she yelled that she flew up her arms and then turned over. What does this mean?

Tammy Barnett wrote:

My situation is a bit different. I can receive a phone call or text while I am sleep and actually respond to it and not remember a thing I said. I think this happens from being really tired. I have given away my car keys and money. I have been doing this for about 20 years that I know of. I believe it is from being awaken only partially. While one part of the brain is able to respond while partially sleep: the part that remembers is still asleep. So we can act and respond to situation with logic without all of the actions of our brain or memory. Scary huh? I haven’t told any body how often this happens wouldn’t want to be taken advantage of.

Babita wrote:

My husband often talk while sleeping & it usually happens early in the morning around 4-5 AM & generally he shouts while seeing dreams & now a days the frequency has increased.
However he says, its since childhood but usually when he shouts, his face turns pinkish.
kindly suggest !

Lisa wrote:

I sleep talk about 4-5 nights a week. It’s always when I’m having a scary dream or a dream where I am mad at someone. I don’t just talk, I yell. I can wake everyone in the house. I also cuss a lot in my dreams, which I don’t do much when I am awake. When I am sleep talking & my husband wakes me up to tell me I’m sleeping talking, I get angry & insist that I’m not dreaming. It takes a few times of him telling me, before I realize that he is right. Sometimes I remember these things & sometimes I have no recollection of them. I’ve got to figure out something, because neither my husband nor I am getting the good sleep we need. Also, when I wake up in the morning, I’m in a bad mood because of all the dreaming, sleep talking, & being woke up by my husband to get me to stop (which usually doesn’t work).

Dorothy wrote:

I sleep talked when I was little. I used to talk to my brother. I don’t know what about though. I haven’t done it since until the other night. I was asleep and my boyfriend was watching a movie. He looked at me because I had said something. He also thought I was getting up to use the bathroom. I didn’t, but I kept on talking saying something and then just say forget about it. How weird is that?

Angie wrote:

My husband sleep talks almost every night. He has severe sleep apnea and I think that’s why. He yells at the kids in his sleep like ‘JJ I said NO!” or “Put that up stop fighting” it’s really clear. One time he yelled “No nail gun” and we busted out laughing. He is a carpenter.

Alaena wrote:

I sleep talk really badly..My mom came in my room at about 3 am one time because I fell asleep with the TV on, and I actually got up, hugged her, had a nice conversation and got in bed again, all while I was asleep. She didn’t even know I was sleeping.

Deathkloc wrote:

Errr, my brother always talks in his sleep, he’s 18 and he says random stuff about video games and xbox every night, he talks in his sleep its weird. He will say something then I will say ‘what?’. And he will not answer and I look at him and he is sound asleep, it’s strange??!! D:

:) wrote:

Hello, I sleep talk every night all the time, it’s sometimes whispering or a loud conversation or I get up out the bed and scream sometimes I sleep walk whilst sleep talking I keep waking my partner up and I say things in my sleep that he doesn’t like sometimes but I try telling him I’m just dreaming & I can’t help what I say this causes some arguments sometimes. Could you please tell me why we say things that we don’t mean & how can I stop sleep talking? Sometimes when I sleep walk I run around the house how can I stop this? I feel like I have had very little sleep when I wake up after sleep talking all night. My partner tells me everything I say the next morning some of the things are funny but others very serious.

Shane wrote:

I say stuff like “Can I come out of the circle now?” and “But I don’t want to kill that person.” this stuff is creepy and stupid. Are there any meds I can get on to stop this nonsense?

Chelsea wrote:

I sleep talk almost every night. It can last anywhere from a couple minutes to (longest) 1 1/2. I tend to wake up at the slightest movements and sit right up and start talking with my boyfriend, so he says. I have been really exhausted during the day and don’t know what to do anymore.

Spencerr wrote:

What does it mean When I yell out a persons name while I’m sleeping?
But it’s weird I actually hear myself sleep talk, should I be worried about that? Also last night I was sleeping and I knew I was still sleeping yet I heard my self talking.. but I was praying in my sleep, for my grandma who is in the hospital, but what does all that mean.?
I hear my self sleep talk while I’m sleeping?
I prayed while I was sleeping?

cazza wrote:

I often sleep talk and sometimes sleep walk, I have full conversations with my partner in my sleep. This is more recent in adulthood. I have climbed out of windows, dismantled light fittings and put food in the oven whilst sleeping, pretty scary!

emma wrote:

Hi there, my husband and I have gone through a lot lately and I’m constantly worrying about things and my ex that I thought I had mixed feelings for but I realize now I never loved him. While my husband and I were sleeping he heard me say clear as day.. I love you and my ex’s name. What does this mean? I don’t understand I do not love my ex. I need help..

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