I am writing this post today because I want to connect to people who suffer from this sleep disorder. And I want real solutions, real answers. I have suffered from talking in my sleep for my entire life. I did it before I ever drank alcohol, smoked marijuana or drank caffeine. I do not have a psychiatric disorder. I talk whether I am under stress or not. I do it no matter what is going on in my life. Other people in my family talk in their sleep too. My grandfather was a notorious sleep talker. I have heard my mom, my daughter and my niece all speak in their sleep. I am not sure about my uncles or cousins. I wish I knew about their experiences.
I want to stop talking in my sleep. It affects my whole life. Every thing I read about it online says it is situational, is due to a fever or medications or a psychiatric problem. I think this is not true and it is time to set the record straight and get answers for others who suffer from this disorder. Many of the pages suggest going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time. Odd because my grandfather was an early to bed early to rise kind of guy and he went to bed and got up around the same time every day I ever was at his house, which was a few weeks a year. He was the most active sleep talker I have ever encountered so I believe this is bullcrap. It isn’t helpful to keep repeating this kind of information because it isn’t true and it doesn’t work.
It says you talk more in your sleep if you don’t get enough rest. Newsflash the constant sleep talking makes it so you cannot get a good night’s sleep. So this is also bullcrap. How the hell do you get well rested if you cannot sleep well to begin with. When I do not sleep well I am tired, I feel lazy and ineffectual and lack productivity and it without question effects my abilities in the waking world.
I believe it also effects my relationships. It is embarrassing to talk in my sleep when I am sleeping over at someone else’s house. And I am afraid it will also effect my relationship with my current boyfriend. He teases me about it, and the truth is he snores which wakes me, but snoring is not nearly as mortifying as talking in your sleep, particularly with the stigma of it being because you are mentally ill or addicted to drugs and alcohol. Or that you binge eat before sleeping. I often skip dinner so eating a heavy meal before going to sleep has nothing whatsoever to do with it either.
I did a sleep disorder clinic three years ago. He told me that my brain waves spike at intervals instead of wave and suggested I take an iron supplement. Which was not helpful in anyway. Shortly after this happened my former husband left me and I never went back. I am planning to go back if my doctor will write me a referral when I have my physical in December. But taking iron did nothing for me at all except make me constipated.
So please if anyone has found a real solution to how to manage talking in your sleep please share. If you also suffer from it please share. But if you think a solution is taping my mouth shut please go away. You are not helping anyone by being an ass. I want to hear from people. How do you manage this. I am ready for this to be out of my life. It is exhausting. Literally. And I am ready to spend the rest of my life sleeping well and having my partner and family sleeping well too.
I realize this is not my usual type of writing and is very ranty but I have reached the end of my proverbial rope with this. I want to stop and there is no helpful information about this on the internet.