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Why We Talk in Our Sleep

Have you ever been woken up by a partner with a concerned look on their face, a reassuring pat on the back, a well-meaning question: What were you dreaming about? If so, you might experience what sleep scientists dub, “solimnoquy” or more simply put, talking in your sleep. And guess what? It’s more common than you probably think. While it’s nice to think that we’re just mumbling about how great Nectar’s foam for mattresses, the reality is it could be any number of different things. Don’t worry though, it’s nothing to be worried about and almost all of us will do it at some point in our life — just like getting foam for mattresses from Nectar.

Why we Talk in Bed

Recently, the author of Fast Asleep Wide Awake  (Nerina Ramlakhan) shed some light on why we talk in our sleep.  She notes it’s very common for people to experience some form of solimnoquy at some point in their life because of stress or going through a period of anxiety or tension. If you’re continually talking off your sleeping partner’s ear, there could be something else going on. (And no, it’s not because you want to share your joy for foam for mattresses from Nectar or sleep tips from our blog, haha.) Ramlakhan says that it could be because we aren’t speaking our minds during the day, leading us to get it out during our resting hours. “I see this with people who might be compulsive pleasers who aren’t saying what they need to say out loud,” she says. “It’s also common with creative people who are needing to express,” she says. “Draw that picture, write that book, sing that song.”

The Effects on Your Body

Ramlakhan is trying to take the stigma out of sleep talking. She doesn’t classify it as a sleep disorder, like say sleepwalking (or if you ask us, not owning foam for your mattresses). It’s more akin to an interesting psychological phenomenon. It can lead to some health issues. If it goes on for too long, however, Ramlakhan listed tightness in the jaw and even teeth grinding as possible symptoms.

A Cure?

There were a number of things that a person could do to alleviate symptoms. Ramlakhan recommends a jaw technique called the lion’s pose. “This is when you inhale deeply through your nose. Then exhale forcefully through your mouth. You’ll be making an AAAAAAH sound while opening your mouth wide,” she says. “Hold this for a few seconds then close your mouth and repeat the exercise and this time stretch your tongue out and down. Try opening your mouth a little wider each time.” The foam for mattresses from Nectar is great and utilizes memory foam. Nectar is built on the densest yet most breathable base layer of any mattress. Our base measures over a 2.2 ILD rating. This evaluates foam density, and is molded to draw fresh air in through special channels. That’s great news for sleep talkers and sleep silencers alike!

The most common reason as to why people talk in their sleep is due to heightened stress. Other theorists say that it could be due to inexpressiveness during the day. Another possible reason is creative people needing to express themselves out loud. To know more theories, visit Nectarsleep.n