Sleeping Next to a Sleep Talker? How to Cope

If you are or sleep next to a sleep talker, you know that this particular sleep disorder can be both amusing, but problematic as well for more than just the person talking in his or her sleep. While it can be funny to hear someone talking while sleeping, it can also make it really difficult for you to get the sleep that you need, especially if that person has a tendency to speak loudly or even shout while they are sleeping. There are a few ways that you can improve on this situation. First, it is important to understand why the person is experiencing sleep talking. While in rare cases it can be a side effect of an underlying medical or psychiatric problem, sleep talking can be a sign that a person is not getting a restful sleep. Problems such as sleep deprivation, stress, depression, can lead to talking in your sleep, or it is sometimes a side effect of certain medications. If your partner tends to talk in his or her sleep, one way that you can help is by helping this person address any of these possible causes. Using relaxation techniques in order to reduce stress and encourage a more restful sleep can reduce the risk of sleep talking. It can help to develop a calming routine every evening where you use deep breathing exercises, a warm bath, and a glass of milk. Investing in a high quality and supportive mattress can also improve the ability to achieve a better quality of sleep. Along with trying to relax before bedtime, your partner could also try to avoid activities that inhibit the ability to reach a deeper state of sleep. Exercising right before bed, eating a large meal close to bedtime, or drinking caffeinated drinks or alcohol can increase the probability of sleep talking occurring. It can also help to not watch television in bed and keep the room nice and quiet when it is time to go to sleep. Unfortunately, it is hard to control how much sleep will exactly affect any one particular person. If the sleep talking problems persist, your partner may need to see a sleep specialist in order to identify any possible underlying causes. In the meantime, in order to get a better sleep yourself, you may need to resort to a comfortable pair of earplugs or using a small fan to create white noise. It is important to be sure to keep exploring your options until you both can get a great night’s sleep.