What is somniloquy commonly known as sleep talking?

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 2nd Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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People complain they do not get enough sleep. Yet, sleep affects are physical and mental health. Not having enough sleep affects our mood, our stamina, our home-life and career, and our social relationships. Somniloquy commonly known as sleep talkingis a condition that can effect the whole family.


Causes for Talking in Our Sleep Known As Somniloquy

Most of us have come across people who talk in their sleep. It is actually considered a sleep disorder and the medical term for talking in your sleep is somniloquy.

Somniloquy or sleep talking can be a disorder on its own, or it can occur with other sleep disorders. Sleep talking is relatively harmless, but can annoy the rest of the household, if the dreamer is shouting. Sleep talking can be as low as a whisper or as loud as a shout. It usually only lasts for about 30 seconds, but can happen several times during the course of the night.

Who are subject to somniloquy?

Sleep talking is more common among children between the age of 3 and 10 years old. Up to 50 percent of children in this age bracket will talk in their sleep. On the other hand, only 5 percent of adults are known to talk in their sleep.

Somniloquy will occur in both females and males. Researchers believe there is a genetic link to somniloquy.

Causes for Somniloquy

Causes for Somniloquy

Since talking in your sleep can happen at any time, it is not considered linked to dreaming. However, what researchers think could be causes or triggers for sleep talk include:

  • mental disorders
  • emotional stress
  • certain medications
  • substance abuse
  • fever

By itself sleep talk is harmless, however if it is part of another sleep disorder such as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD), sleep terrors, sleep related eating disorder (SRED), or sleepwalking, it can be more serious.

People who have REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) will yell out in their sleep and often act out their dreams. Night terror sufferers will scream and lash out violently and kick and thrash around.

Treatment for talking in your sleep

Treatment for Talking in Our Sleep Known As Somniloquy

Somniloquy treatments

Usually somniloquy is harmless and does not require any treatment; but if it is frequent enough to keep your bed mate or other house members up at night they might want you to see a sleep specialist.

Sleep diary

Your doctor might ask you to create a sleep diary for several weeks noting the time you go to bed, fall asleep, and wake up each morning. The diary might include lifestyle choices, such as how much exercise you get in during the day, what you eat, how much caffeine you drink and what medications both prescribed and over the counter drugs you are taking.

If an additional sleep disorder is suspected, your doctor may want you to spend a night in a sleep disorder lab, where they will connect you to different sleep monitors to try to figure out what is going on.

The odd time medication will be prescribed for somniloquy. More often than not, it is caused by taking certain medications. Those medications are changed if there is a viable alternate medication available.

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author avatar snerfu
2nd Sep 2015 (#)

Sounds dreadful. My sister often pretends she is talking in her sleep when she begins to scold me...sometimes she is cooking in the kitchen.
So nice to read about the sleep disorder and its treatment. Surely, things will improve with treatment I suppose?

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author avatar spirited
3rd Sep 2015 (#)

you write about some interesting stuff here Carol.

Perhaps it is related to snoring?

My dog used to bark in its sleep, whilst dreaming, making little yip and yelp sounds.

I wonder if we make other noises too when we dream, or if our dreams are all silent.

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author avatar Lady Aiyana
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Snoring is caused due to drop in the bite and this was told to me by my dental cosmetologist who showed that 1mm sawed off teeth brought 4mm drop in bite resulting in snoring and sleep issues.

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author avatar Lady Aiyana
4th Sep 2015 (#)

Heard of Edgar Cayce, he is a sleeping prophet. Used to talk in his sleep but dumb whilst awake.

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