Q: When I got married recently, I found out that my husband talks for one or two minutes in his sleep, usually after a few hours of sleep.
When I ask him about it the next morning, he says he does not remember anything.
His words are clear - sometimes, they are about work, and other times about other matters.
It startled me the first few times this happened and I became quite worried that this is a reflection of his health or troubles that he may be having in adjusting to married life and work at the same time.
Will this develop into sleepwalking?
Will the talking in his sleep get violent or more frequent as he gets older? What can I do to help him?
His father and brother also have the same problem. Are our children likely to have this problem too?
A: Marriage is a life-changing experience.
The stress and possible sleep deprivation associated with such a drastic change in lifestyle are all common triggers for sleep talking in people with somniloquy, which is the medical term for this condition.
What people talk about in their sleep varies from person to person.
It can be related to recent events or it can have no relevance and connection to reality at all.
Sleep talking can be soft or loud, clearly worded or gibberish.