Sleep talking varies from person to person. Most of us don’t talk in our sleep or – if we do – it’s a rare occasion. But if your partner has noticed that you’re suffering from sleep talking – we tend not to notice it ourselves as we’re asleep by definition – then what can you do to reduce and eliminate the problem?
Sometimes sleep talking increases when we’re ill. A bit like dreams, it can your mind’s way of sorting out problems. So if that’s the case for you, you may just have to wait for your illness to clear. Sorry.
Your stress levels are another trigger that can cause sleep talking.
Stress manifests in different ways: some people get withdrawn, others get less tolerant, others bottle it up and eventually make themselves ill. There’s no consistency and you may not notice that your stress levels are creeping up.
So it could be that sleep talking is your body giving you a warning that your stress levels are going the wrong way.
Usually with stress other people notice before we do, so check with close friends to see if they can help identify whether it is the culprit.
Then take some steps to reduce your stress levels – probably a good idea, even if you don’t think you’re stressed.
More exercise helps. So do various relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, hypnosis or even just taking long deep breaths.
Most medicines have side effects so they should be one of the first places you think about if you’re suffering from sleep talking.
If you’ve just changed drugs or dosage or had a new pill added to that ever increasing list your doctor loves to prescribe, that could be a sign.
Do your best to trace back your sleep talking and figure out whether there was any change in your medications.
Remember that it’s impossible for all possible combinations of medicines to be tested, so they are only tested individually. The combination you’re taking maybe isn’t unique but since you are unique your interaction with the medicines will be equally unique.
Chat with your doctor if you think this is the case and do your best to narrow it down to a particular change.
Too much alcohol
Alcohol is another item on the list of “usual suspects” with regard to sleep talking.
If you regularly drink enough alcohol that you don’t remember everything that happened last night, that’s not a good sign anyway.
But it doesn’t have to be enormous quantities of alcohol that contribute to your talking whilst you sleep.
Even a few drinks can tip the balance between a quiet night and one that’s disturbed by you talking whilst you sleep.
You’re not consciously talking during your sleep – there’s something bubbling around your subconscious mind that is triggering your night chatter.
Hypnosis works with your subconscious mind to help reduce or even eliminate your night time talking without anything more complicated on your part than listening to an MP3.
It’s affordable, it won’t add to your drugs list and it works often.