Sleep Talking

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Definition - What does Sleep Talking mean?

Sleep talking is a sleep disorder characterized by sporadic episodes of talking where coherent language or incomprehensible speech disrupts sleep patterns. While sleep talking does not pose immediate health concerns, persistent occurrences can indicate underlying behavioural and/or psychological disturbances including anxiety, depression, stress, or habitual substance abuse. Chronic sleep disorders can contribute to the frequency and duration of sleep talking and may require a consultation with a physician to determine an effective treatment solution.

SureHire explains Sleep Talking

Although sleep talking does not adversely interrupt otherwise normal biorhythms, recurrent episodes can induce feelings of embarrassment from previous events or situations. Sleep talking can also have indirect implications on the quality of sleep of others where cases of insomnia or perpetual sleep deprivation are common. Proper sleep hygiene and a consistent sleep schedule can reduce sleep talking episodes, particularly when coupled with auxiliary methods to promote sleep such as white noise devices and earplugs.

Sleep disorders remain a prevalent health and safety issue in the workplace, undercutting productivity and contributing to high healthcare expenditures for employers. Many industrial trades can dictate an applicant and/or employee’s candidacy to fill a job position that requires manipulating heavy equipment/machinery.

Chronic sleep talking can serve as a beneficial factor in diagnosing a sleep disorder where alertness, concentration, and coordination are integral components to job performance standards. With DOT-based companies who perform obstructive sleep apnea and narcolepsy screenings for safety-sensitive positions, individuals experiencing sleep talking may need to consult a doctor. A proactive approach can bolster their career opportunities, as well as limit the etiological ramifications of hypertension and cardiovascular issues often connected with sleep disorders.

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