Sleep talking is a disorder in which a person expresses their words during sleep without being aware of it. This phenomenon is called somniloquy. Here is some more information about the symptoms, causes and treatment of sleep talking.
Sleep talking is a common disorder, especially among children. Somniloquy can occur in each of the phases of sleep, the more lighter the dream, the more the speech is understandable. During the lighter stages of sleep, a person can lead a whole conversation while when one is in a deep sleep, ones speech can be restricted to moans and gibberish.
People who talk while asleep are not aware of that fact. Factors that cause sleep talking are anxiety, tension and fever. In most cases, sleep talking during a dream is not a serious problem and can blow over with time or age. When sleep talking is associated with other sleep disturbances then this may require special attention.
Humiliation is often the most serious consequence of somniloquy. Information that is not intended to be shared comes to light. Moreover, sometimes sleep talking can cause trouble to the partner who sleeps beside us.
Somniloquy is accompanied by a murmur and delirium during sleep, shouting and sometimes singing.
What causes sleep talking?
Talking in your sleep may be associated with:
• Psychiatric disorders associated with anxiety.
• Medical disorders such as febrile illness (fever).
• Sleep disorders, such as sleep walking and others.
What is included in the treatment of sleep talking?
Clean sleep, patients should not take drugs, alcohol and to avoid insomnia.
Medications, prescription of anti-depressants or sleeping pills.
Cognitive behavioral therapy, the patient is provided with effective, long-term strategies for dealing with anxiety or stress.
Tips to reduce the sleep talking:
• Reducing levels of stress as much as possible.
• Do not take heavy meals before bedtime.
• Comply with the sleeping arrangements.
• Long rest, as the shortage of sleep increases somniloquy.