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"Did I say anything uncomfortable?" "Did I spill something?" There's a possibilty that our words exposed some deep subconscious longing of which we are normally unaware. 

This is what you call sleep talking. Sleep talking, or somniloquy, is the act of speaking during sleep as the name states. It's a type of parasomnia, an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. It's a very common and is not typically considered a medical problem.

The nighttime chatter or rant may be harmless, or it could be graphic, even rated. Sometimes, listeners find the content unpleasant or vulgar. Sleep talkers usually speak for no more than 30 seconds per episode but some people sleep talk many times during a night.

The late-night diatribes may be remarkably expressive, or the words may be muttered and hard to decode. Sleep talking may engage simple sounds or long, involved speeches. Sleep talkers usually seem to be talking to themselves or so. But at times, they appear to carry on conversations with others if the listeners try to talk to them. They may speak softly or they might shout. 

There is no identified way to lessen sleep talking. Avoiding anxiety, stress and getting plenty of sleep might help you. Also, keeping a sleep diary can help classify your sleep patterns and may help your doctor find out if an underlying problem is causing your sleep talking or if it is just due to lack of sleep. Keep a sleep diary for two weeks and note the times you go to bed or when you think you fell asleep, and when you woke up. You'll also want to write down the medicines you take, and the time of day you take them, what you drink each day and when, especially caffeinated drinks such as cola, tea, and coffee, as well as alcohol and when you exercise.


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