How many of these 5 strange sleep behaviors are you doing?

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1. Sleep talking

Sleep talking, or somniloquy, is a common physiological phenomenon, and it is reportedly more frequent in children and adolescents, though it is not an unusual occurrence in adults.

As Shelly Weiss notes in the book Parasomnias: “Sleep talking is usually brief and infrequent, but can range from a person making a few sounds during sleep that are brief and unintelligible, to full phrases with understandable content or even frequent and long speeches which sound hostile or angry.”

2. Sleepwalking

Sleepwalking, or somnambulism, is perhaps the best-known type of parasomnia, having captured people’s imaginations for years, and featuring prominently in literature and movies.

This sleep disorder usually takes place during the stage three non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep; this is a “deep sleep” period in which brainwaves slow down, and breathing also becomes deep and slow-paced.

3. Sleep starts

Sleep starts are usually accompanied by the sensation of falling from a great height. These are characterized by a sensation of falling from a great height, or tripping, which causes the body to jerk and the sleeper to wake up — literally “with a start.”

4. Sexual acts

A few individuals engage in erotic behaviors during sleep, which may spell out trouble if they also involve a bed partner.

Some of the most controversial unconscious acts performed during sleep are those of a sexual nature, especially when the individual attempts to involve an unwitting co-sleeper.

These acts are characteristic of a parasomnia known as “sexsomnia,” in which individuals “display sexual vocalizations, masturbation, fondling, or intercourse/attempted intercourse during sleep — followed by morning amnesia.”

5. Acting out dreams

Finally, the parasomnia known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder is, much like sleepwalking, characterized by the performance of fairly complex actions while in a state of sleep. Read more at


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