This is the strange reason we talk in our sleep...

Publish Date
Friday, 15 September 2017, 9:56AM

It's happened to the best of us.

You're peacefully asleep and then BAM! You've woken yourself up with the sound of your own voice.

Or, even worse, the next morning someone has told you all the embarrassing things you were saying in your sleep.

So why do we sleep talk?

It turns out there's an actual reason why you may be sleep talking (or Solimnoquy).

According to Nerina Ramlakham, author of Fast Asleep Wide Awake, sleep talking can be caused by penting up unexpressed feelings inside, resulting in blurting things out in the middle of slumber. 

"I see this with people who might be compulsive pleasers who aren't saying what they need to say out loud. It’s also common with creative people who are needing to express, draw that picture, write that book, sing that song" says Nerina.

If you'd prefer to keep those feelings or thoughts to yourself, there are ways to avoid sleep talking. 

Nerina suggests expressing yourself in different ways, such as doing yoga, singing, or writing your thoughts down.