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Selective Somniliquy - Why Do We Only Sleep Talk Aloud A Small Part Of A Dream?

My husband stated that a couple of hours prior to my waking, I blurted out a phrase in my sleep. I remembered who I was yelling at in my dream when he told me what I said.

My question is this: If a person is having an intense dialogue with someone in a dream, what makes just a portion of what's being said become sleep talk, and not more of, or most of the dialogue?

It was funny that with all I was yelling within the dream the part blurted aloud was a comment more "descript" than the rest.

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Mar 11, 2016
That's what I do! NEW
by: Anonymous

I was looking for comments about what my problem is and you described what I've been doing. I notice that it happens in very emotional dreams, usually where I'm very angry at someone, or just really really wanting what I'm saying to be heard and acknowledged. In regard to the angry dreams, it always has to do with certain family members and situations that I have absolutely no control over, but upset me deeply. In real life I do have deep seated issues with these same people, but there is absolutely no possibility of resolving them. So I guess I yell at them in my sleep, because that's all I can do. The more worked up I get in the dream, the harder I try to actually vocalize my speech. Sometimes it comes out as only "jibber jabber", as my husband calls it. Other times it's full out phrases or sentences. When my husband tells me what I said, I can usually remember exactly what was going on in the dream and why I said what I said.

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