Can talking in your sleep reveal your true personality?

By: Djenane Beaulieu, Buzz60

There's a common belief that talking in your sleep reveals your deepest darkest secrets and your true self and that there may be a deep-rooted psychological incentive within those who talk in their sleep.

As entertaining as sleep talking is to overhear, can the gibberish talking actually reveal something about you and your personality?

It turns out that sleep talking is totally meaningless and not worth paying attention to according to sleep specialist, Dr. Michael Breus.

He says that there's no data that shows that sleep talking is predictive or gives a window into someone's subconscious.

So, it's unlikely to overhear a sleep talker dishing out all his or her secrets.

The cause of sleep talking, officially known as Somniloquy, could be sleep deprivation, according to Dr. Breus who spoke to SELF magazine.

The National Sleep Foundation says that stress, depression, daytime drowsiness, alcohol, and fever can also cause somniloquy.

Experts advise sleep talkers to reduce their anxiety and develop habits for a more restful sleep.

And for those who struggle to get any sleep overhearing your partner's late night gibberish, you may want to invest into some ear plugs

Because sleep talking isn't worth losing sleep over...or else you yourself may possibly become the next sleep talker.

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Oddest things people do in their sleep
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Oddest things people do in their sleep

Sleep eating

Nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder is characterized by people sleep walking to their kitchens and eating. Often times, they have no recollection of it, and only realize when they discover messes and missing food.

Sometimes, the patient has severe weight gain and other health issues attributed to the disorder. 

Frequently, the foods eaten are high in fat, sugar and carbohydrates. Furthermore, people with the disorder create bizarre food combinations with the items they have access to in their kitchen. 

Acting out their dreams

REM sleep behavior disorder physically play out their dreams, moving their bodies or even getting out of bed.

Their dreams are so vivid and real, that during REM sleep, which normally restrains your muscles, your body still flails. 


It is possible to experience auditory, visual, tactile and olfactory hallucinations, as many times, the person cannot tell what is part of a dream and what is part of reality. 

The hallucinations often happen in the stages right before sleep (hypnogogic) or after sleep (hypnopompic). Hypnogogic can be associated with sleep paralysis and a fearful sensation. 

Hypnopompic is usually associated with dreams and 'feeling a presence in the room'. 

Sleep sex

Called 'sexsomnia', it falls under the category of parasomnia, the stage right before you fall asleep.

When a person has this disorder, they oftentimes engage in sexual acts with a partner or themselves, while asleep. They have no recollection of it. 

It is more common for people who normally are affected by other sleep disorders, or those taking sleep medications.

Sleep texting

Apparently, more and more people are sending texts in their sleep. 

"It is very common for people to do things in their sleep that they do repeatedly during the day," said a neurologist in an article to BBC. 

Understandably, the texts make little sense to the person after they've woken up. 

Exploding head syndrome 

It occurs when you're about to drift off into sleep, and suddenly a loud noise goes off in your head. 

Another parasomnia event, exploding head syndrome sounds similar to a clap of thunder or bomb. However, it sounds as if the noise could be heard by everyone, but in reality, it's internal.


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