Sleep talking, formally known as soliloquy, is a sleep disorder defined as talking during sleep without being aware of it. Sleep talking can involve complicated dialogues or monologues, complete gibberish or mumbling. The good news is that for most people it is a rare and short-lived occurrence.
Research shows that sleep talking is harmless and completely normal, particularly in males and children. But for more on how to stop yourself from sleep talking, we checked in with an expert.
Here is a detailed explanation of this issue by Dr Manny.
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. Sleep talking may be spontaneous or induced by conversation with the sleeper.
“Stress, sleep deprivation, fevers, or alcohol can especially trigger sleep talking. Sometimes your words can relate to past events or experiences, but most often it makes no sense at all,” said Dr. Shelby Harris, Psy.D, director of behavioral sleep medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. “The good news is that it usually only lasts for a short period of time.”
sleep talkers are sometimes afraid to sleep away from home and can cause insomnia in a person sleeping nearby.