Sleep Centers of Middle Tennessee

Disorders

Sleeptalking

Also known as somniloquy, sleeptalking involves frequent vocalizations during sleep.  This phenomenon often occurs during deep (stage 3) sleep. Sleeptalking alone is usually harmless, but is often disruptive to the bed partner’s sleep. Sleeptalking can be confused with, or can occur as part of, another sleep disorder (e.g., sleepwalking, REM behavior disorder). Patients with sleeptalking are usually hard to arouse from sleep, and usually have no recollection of these events. Sleeptalking usually occurs more during the first half of the night, since deep sleep occupies a higher percentage of that portion of the sleep phase. Sleeptalking occurs more frequently in children, and in some cases carries over into adulthood. Sleeptalking can be exacerbated by other sleep disorders (such as OSA), sleep deprivation, substance use/medications, or stress. It is treated in some cases using medication.
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