Little is known about this weird yet interesting aspect of many people’s lives secretly; have you been told you whisper gibberish in your sleep too? Or are you an intellectual sleep whisperer trapped in a simpleton’s body? I don’t know about that but what I do know is that somniloquy, or sleep talking, is a kind of parasomnia: an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep, it’s pretty common and is not usually considered a medical problem.
But why do we do it? Are there things in our subconcious or unconcious trying to surface to the concious, are we secretly stressing about something, or is our brain just experiencing a real life glitch?
Many think that sleep talking occurs during dreams, but it usually occurs by itself. (weird huh?) Scientists still aren’t sure if such chatter is linked to nighttime reveries, because the talking can occur in any stage of sleep (shallow or deep). However it can also be a sign of more serious sleep disorders the REM sleep disorder or night terrors.
But what causes this episodes of randomly mentioning a tree on fire somewhere in the Sahara?
There’s a number of things that could trigger this, or not. These include certain medications, emotional stress, fever, mental health disorders, substance abuse, or could simply be an actual real life glitch.
It’s hard to tell if you’re sleep talking, because you know, you can’t see or hear yourself during sleep. But those who can play a role in this. A sleeping partner may identify if you’re talking in your sleep, and if it’s anything worrying, I highly suggest you go see a health professional.
And although there’s almost no concept of a sleep specialist or of getting psychological health at the moment in our country at large, professional consultation should be considered and not disregarded as something irrelevant if the signs are serious and they continue for over a month or so. Leave it to the professionals to tell what’s normal and what’s not.
But on a lighter note, look after your heath and that of those around you. Sleep is a really precious thing, and if yours is being affected, don’t ignore it, find a solution for it.