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Sleep Talking Man is the Talk of the Internet

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine  |  Jan 15, 2010
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Earlier this week The Telegraph reported that a sleep talking blog has become the latest sensation to sweep the Internet.

Karen Slavick-Lennard said she was accustomed to hearing her husband Adam’s unusual comments. She even repeated them to friends for their amusement.

Then she created a simple blog to share his latest quotes with others. Now the world has become his stage.

The blog lists 3,650 followers. The hit counter reports that more than 800,000 unique visitors have stopped by. And t-shirts displaying his aphorisms are being shipped around the world.

One warning: This sleep talker often has a filthy mouth. Adam may be a mild-mannered, British advertising account director by day. But at night? He starts saying things you might expect to hear in a Quentin Tarantino movie.

Here is a brief selection of his sleeping banter:

"You can't be a pirate if you don't have a beard. I said so. MY boat, MY rules."

"Yes I'm sad, but if you stood further away, I'd be happier. No, further away.”

"Please just walk away. I don't want to have to stand here and say something so awesome that I'll have to remember it the rest of the day. Thank you!"

"You can stop clapping now if you want. Really. You'll need your energy for cheering me later. Shhhhhhhh. shhhhhhhh."

"I haven't put on weight. Your eyes are fat."

Adam's quotes may be unique. But sleep talking is common. The AASM estimates that about five percent of adults are sleep talkers. And about half of young children talk in their sleep.

Often it is simply a normal byproduct of the brain's activity during sleep. But sometimes sleep talking isn't so amusing.
Sleep talking also can occur along with a "parasomnia." This is a sleep disorder that involves undesired behaviors during sleep. Examples include sleepwalking and REM sleep behavior disorder.

Sleep talking rarely requires treatment. But you should contact an AASM-accredited sleep center for help if episodes are extreme. You also should seek help if the sleep talking occurs together with unusual actions.

Visit the Sleep-Talkin’ Man Blog for more of Adam’s quotes. Watch Adam and Karen on a recent appearance on "This Morning" on itv 1. Learn more about sleep talking on