Do You Talk in Your Sleep?

icon175x175When I was a freshman in college, I woke up one morning to find my roommate tapping away at his computer. “Morning,” I mumbled from my upper bunk.

He nodded and said, “Do you remember what you said last night?”

After a solid night’s sleep, I had no idea what he was talking about, so he filled me in. Apparently at 3:00 am in the morning, I sat up in bed, looked at my roommate (who was still awake at his computer), and recited what sounded to him like a lengthy poem. I then reclined and went back to sleep.

Since then, multiple girlfriends have told me about some odd things I’ve said in my sleep. Sometimes they’ve encouraged me to keep talking, including the time I explained how dragons work.

I’ve never actually heard myself sleeptalk, though, and I’ve been morbidly curious about the types of things I say, especially since I’ve been single for a while.

IMG_4585So last week when I heard about an app called Sleep Talk, I downloaded it immediately and started using it. All you do is activate it when you go to sleep, and it leaves the mic on all night. Whenever it starts to pick up sounds, it starts to record, and it condenses all of the night’s recordings into a handy chart.

I’ve activated the app for 5 nights in a row now, and I’ve already learned a little about myself:

  • I laugh in my sleep almost every night at around the same time (about an hour after I fall asleep). I wish I knew what I was laughing about!
  • I don’t snore nearly as much as I thought I did (or as much as women tell me I do). Usually 1 or 2 spurts a night, each lasting less than a minute. I should add this selling point to my online dating profile.
  • The cats wake me up several times a night. Sometimes we communicate through a series of chirps and whistles before they let me fall asleep again; other times I have to get up for them to show me things.

But the big question is: Has the app caught me sleeptalking?

To my delight, the answer is yes. Two nights ago, at the time of the night when I’m usually laughing, I said the following: “I think we’re too…too far back or front?”

The words are very clear. I’m not completely coherent (obviously the sentence doesn’t make any sense out of the context of the dream I was having), but it wasn’t as nonsensical as I thought it would be.

Anyway, I’mย lovingย this app. I’m sure I’m way more fascinated by my sleep habits than anyone else, so I’ll refrain from reporting them here unless something really interesting happens. In the meantime, if you have any stories about things you’ve said in your sleep (or that you discover through the Sleep Talk app), I’d love to hear them in the comments.