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The Most Common Word said by Sleep Talkers

The Most Common Word said by Sleep Talkers

Have you ever wondered what you’re saying when it comes to your mid-night snoozy jibberish? Yes, it all makes sense mid-dream, but what about IRL?

A new study examined the most common words used by sleep talkers, and the results are pretty interesting. According to Live Science, when sleep-talking, the words we use are often negative and directed at someone who’s winding us up.

The study, led by Dr. Isabelle Arnulf, analyzed the pillow talking of 232 adults. Of those, 15 didn’t have sleep disorders. However, 129 had REM sleep behavior disorder, 87 were sleep walkers or experienced night terrors, and one had sleep apnea.

Researchers collected two nights worth of data, recording what the participants sleep-talking. The subjects spoke in their sleep 883 times, with 3,349 coherent words – the most common of which was ‘NO’.

Around 24% of the sleep talk was negative, with 22% including nasty or vulgar language, and 10% of the chat included swearing.

Why are we such cranky-pants in our sleep?

According to Dr. Arnulf,  “what we now know is that sleep talking is very similar to talking awake, in terms of correct grammar, with subordinate sentences, and silence for other[s] to answer, as in awake turn of speech.”

“The differences are qualitative: nocturnal language is negative, tense, more vulgar, and addressed to somebody, not to oneself. It suggests that the brain uses the same networks as awake, and that sleep talking translates the concomitant dreaming activity, which is tense, too.” 

So if you’re waking up arguing with yourself – chill out and just remember you’re dreaming!

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