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To future roommate: Sorry for sleep talking

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  • Parasomnias

Corinne Lederhouse  |  Mar 24, 2017
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I enjoy talking – in the grocery store, on the internet, with my friends, and even when no one is listening. So when I first learned I was talking out-loud in my sleep, I wasn’t surprised at all. It was at summer camp, and I awoke one morning to my cabin-mates giggling at me.

“You were singing and talking in your sleep last night,” they said gleefully. I was immediately embarrassed and afraid of what I may have said. Luckily it wasn’t anything too mortifying. The only understandable phrase I said was, “Time to feed the penguins!”

My story isn’t anything special, because most sleep talkers are rarely aware of their behavior unless it’s reported by someone sleeping in the same room. While usually harmless, frequent or loud sleep talking can keep others from getting a good night’s sleep. Loud sleep talking or shouting also can be a sign of REM sleep behavior disorder.

It is unknown whether sleep talking is related to dreams, and I certainly don’t remember dreaming about hungry penguins that night. Sometimes a sleep talker will be hard to understand or won’t use complete words.

Sleep talking is common. More than 50 percent of children are reported to talk in their sleep, compared to 5 percent of adults. As I’ve gotten older, friends have commented less about my sleep talking, so I assume it’s becoming more infrequent for me.

I’ve found that eating right before bed makes it more likely that I will talk in my sleep, but there’s no surefire way to prevent sleep talking. Here’s hoping that my future roommates won’t mind the occasional song or nonsensical statement during the night!


  1. 1 AASM 14 Apr
    Michael - You should discuss your concerns with a doctor. Frequent, loud sleep talking can be a sign of a group of sleep disorders called parasomnias. These disorders involve undesirable physical events or experiences such as sleepwalking, nightmares, hallucinations and sleep paralysis. Waking up somewhere else, or outside, is a clear warning sign. You can get help at an accredited sleep center:
  2. 2 michael Semchyshyn Jr. 07 Apr
    I believe I left a comment b4, but like I said b4, I am asleep and I am aware that I am asleep and I try to wake up but I cant. And I am screaming in my sleep for someone to wake me up. My ex wife used to tell me that I would be screaming for someone to wake me up . It is kind of a help less feeling , to the point that I am hesitant to fall asleep again for fear it would reoccur. What do I do about this pls ?
  3. 3 michael Semchyshyn Jr. 07 Apr
    I am a 50 year old male, and every woman that I woke up next to always commented that I talk in my sleep. But here is the variable. I am always yelling to them to wake me up. I know that I am asleep and I am partially aware that I am half awake. I know I am asleep and that I want to wake up but I cant wake up unless someone wakes me up. Sometime  wake up in the middle of my street or in my backyard etc. What is this problem ? How serious is it and how do I solve this problem ?