Talking in your sleep – what’s this all about?

Talking in your sleep is one of the things that can trigger some anxiety and embarrassing situations. If your partner is lying next to you, then of course you don’t want to give things about yourself in your sleep that could be uncomfortable in retrospect.

There are also some myths about the “somniloquie”, as speaking in sleep is scientifically called. Do you think that sleepers always tell the truth or can this phenomenon even be an indication of a serious illness?

Then you can at least be reassured, because you don’t have to go to the doctor right away because you talk in your sleep. It’s completely harmless and you don’t have to worry.

If you are also interested in exploring the causes behind the flow of speech in your sleep or if you want to learn more about this habit, then I would like to explain it to you in this guide.

Talking in your sleep isn’t as rare as you might think. Around half of all children and adolescents speak at least partially in their sleep. However, this only continues in a small percentage of adults. Around 5 percent are still talkative in adulthood .

Science has studied this characteristic extensively, and studies have shown that speaking while sleeping occurs mostly during the REM sleep phase. This sleep phase is closely related to dreaming and therefore the cause can probably be found there.

In research studies , sleepers were woken up shortly after they talked in their sleep and asked about the content of the dream. It turned out that the contents of the conversation coincided with the dream.

Most of the time, incomprehensible sounds are expressed in sleep and it is difficult to understand what has just been said. This is because the speech muscles are relaxed.

So science assumes that people who talk in their sleep only express their dream with the conversations and this has nothing to do with reality.

External influences such as alcohol, fever or stress can increase the need to speak. It is generally not necessary to get rid of talking while sleeping. Only when it annoys your partner or leads to other problems should you work on stopping talking.


So the meaning of talking in sleep is closely related to the dream content. So you don’t necessarily have to see a deeper meaning in what is being said.

If you are interested in sleep and its profound meaning, you should perhaps deal with dream interpretation. Here you will be explained what, for example, teeth falling out in a dream are all about.

In terms of content, there are hardly any coherent sentences or statements anyway. A majority is only a faint Genusche, laughing or crying. It is therefore not possible to derive a meaning from this.

What is strange, however, is the high proportion of swear words and insults during night-time speaking. Every tenth utterance is associated with such an overdue settlement.

But since this is only a dream, you should not take this personally if your partner is running around next to you in his sleep. Incidentally, men curse more than women in their sleep.

It is also interesting that even intensive conversations can be followed in which it appears that breaks in the conversation are being observed.


Since talking is essentially based on the dream and not on real content, it is a fallacy that sleepers always tell the truth. This is a truism as outlandish as that drunks are honest and like to divulge secrets. In short, the content of the conversation at the Somniloquie should not be taken seriously.

In the dream, above all wishes, longings and experiences are processed. Here you let your subconscious run free and there are also all sorts of stupid dreams.

So just because another name is mentioned in your sleep doesn’t mean that your partner has started an affair.

However, if you are unsure and some content may indicate problems, address this topic in peace the next morning and see whether what you are talking about does not hide a deeper fear or problems. But don’t judge your partner for talking or feel offended by it.

You will probably have had one or two strange dreams that you would probably be ashamed of.


If speaking during sleep is found to be disturbing and can impair the quality of sleep, you can use targeted strategies to reduce the flow of speech. The main aim here is to eliminate the causes.

Stress is mentioned as one of the main causes for adults . So it is important to reduce the stress in everyday life and before bed.

You can do this by doing relaxation exercises such as autogenic training. Yoga or Qi Gong can also reduce stress levels.

Another important issue is sleep hygiene . These are the rituals and procedures in the evening. A big plus point is avoiding alcohol and heavy meals before going to bed. You should also avoid caffeine and put your smartphone away. With these measures, you can possibly eliminate the problems falling asleep and also avoid talking in your sleep.

Exercise also helps you to reduce stress and fall asleep more easily in the evening. By generally adopting a healthier lifestyle and improving the quality of your sleep, you will likely stop talking while you sleep.

In extreme cases, therapy or drug treatment is also possible. This is advisable if you suffer from frequent nightmares and this is expressed through talking. Post-traumatic stress disorder should always be treated, not simply suppressed.


So talking in your sleep is neither dangerous nor particularly unusual. Many adults will have already uttered individual fragments of conversation or sounds in their sleep. However, this is nothing to worry about and in most cases completely harmless.

Stress and alcohol consumption encourage speaking , but are not required. Most of the content of dreams is reproduced by talking in sleep . The myth that speaking is always connected with truth has thus been refuted.

However, if talking in your sleep is a great burden for you, you should try to reduce the stress in everyday life and possibly start psychotherapy.

As a rule, however, it is a completely harmless phenomenon that you should not attach great importance to.

Jamie Clark

Hello, I’m Jamie Clark, 32 years old, and I have been living in the USA for a few years.
Since I was a child, I have suffered from a house dust allergy, severely affecting me. I felt the effects both while exercising and while sleeping. Constant sneezing after getting up and difficult breathing were the consequences. The allergy has also developed into asthma, which is still a sporting restriction today.

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