What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

Talking in your sleep without being aware of it is pretty common. Studies have found that up to 66% of people have experienced episodes of sleep talking at some point in their lives. And although sleep talking is usually harmless and doesn’t require any medical treatment, it can disturb your partner and keep them from getting much-needed sleep.

We at Bhaskar Health have done some research to find out what makes us talk while getting some ZZZs and what we can do about it.

What causes us to sleep talk

1. Genetics

What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

Experts can’t name the exact reason why people talk in their sleep. Medical studies have shown that it can run in families. Studies in Finland and Japan have found that twins often experience sleep talking that can co-occur with sleepwalking and nightmares. Some researchers suggest that sleep-talking parents are more likely to have children who sleep talk.

2. Sleep deprivation

What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

Anyone can mumble in their sleep but some factors, especially sleep deprivation, can lead to sleep talking. Medical experts believe that most people sleep talk when they’re stressed out or sleep-deprived. When we don’t get enough rest, it can influence our brain and affect the quality of our sleep.

3. Sleep disorders

What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

Sleep talking itself is a sleep disorder known as somniloquy. It can happen to anyone at any time, but people with other sleep disorders have an increased risk of disturbing their bedmates with some chatter. Doctors believe that there’s a link between somniloquy, sleepwalking, and nightmares.

4. Certain medications

What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

There are many medications that can disrupt sleep as a side effect. Medications that can lead to some sleep behaviors, including sleep talking, usually affect muscle control during sleep. When our muscle tone is increased, it may lead to kicking, punching, jumping out of bed, and talking. Some commonly used medications, like certain antidepressants, can make you chatter in your sleep.

How to control sleep talking

What Causes Us to Sleep Talk and How to Control It

There’s no known way to reduce sleep talking but changing some habits may help us get it under control. Some healthy sleep tips include:

  • avoiding heavy meals close to bedtime
  • setting up a cozy bed with a quality mattress and pillows
  • avoiding caffeine late in the afternoon and evening
  • keeping a consistent sleep schedule every day

Have you or your partner ever talked in your sleep? What was the funniest thing you heard someone say in their sleep?

Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio
Dr Rohit Bhaskar, Physio Dr. Rohit Bhaskar, Physio is Founder of Bhaskar Health and Physiotherapy and is also a consulting physiotherapist. He completed his Graduation in Physiotherapy from Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences. His clinical interests are in Chest Physiotherapy, stroke rehab, parkinson’s and head injury rehab. Bhaskar Health is dedicated to readers, doctors, physiotherapists, nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Bhaskar Health audience is the reason I feel so passionate about this project, so thanks for reading and sharing Bhaskar Health.

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