SLEEP is a chance to rest and recuperate, helping your body recharge.
But if you sleep next to someone who chats in the middle of the night, you may still suffer the next day.
Sleep scientist Theresa Schnorbach told The Sun about two in three people talk in their sleep.
Guru explained that sleep talking is fairly common and is also known as parasomnia, or abnormal sleep activity.
“Usually harmless, but may indicate more serious sleep disturbances or health problems.”
Emma – Theresa, who works with The Sleep Company, says sleep talking can occur in both REM and non-REM sleep, and can range from small murmurs to entire conversations you can’t remember.
“In general, sleep talking in early non-REM sleep stages is easier to understand, whereas in late non-REM and REM sleep, it sounds more like moans and moans.
“The origin of sleep talking content remains a matter of contention among studies. It’s possible,” explained the expert.
What causes sleep talking?
More research is needed to determine the cause of sleep talking, but it is often due to lack of sleep, Teresa said.
This may include disturbing your sleep environment, such as room temperature being too warm or too cold, or too much light coming in from outside, she explained.
“Although risk factors for sleep talking include stress, sleep deprivation, and alcohol, random, isolated occurrences of sleep talking are rarely a problem.
“Mental health can also affect sleep talking, and this condition is more common in people with an underlying mental health condition,” she added.
Sleep talking is thought to be common in people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“Sleep disorders such as REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and sleep phobia can cause people to yell in their sleep.
“Somnophobia, also called night terrors, is characterized by frightening screams, writhing, and kicking. It’s difficult to wake someone who suffers from sleep phobia,” she explained.
Sleep talking can be diagnosed without testing, Teresa said.
“Sleep talking is usually nothing to worry about, but if it starts suddenly in adulthood or is accompanied by significant anxiety, screaming, or violent behavior, see your doctor.
“You may need the help of your partner, roommate, or family member to answer questions about how much you sleep talk and how it manifests.”
If you have symptoms of another sleep disorder, your doctor may request tests such as a sleep study or a sleep record (polysomnogram), the expert added.
If you’re worried about your symptoms, talk to your doctor. In case of emergency, always call 999.