Sleep Talking.

03 April 2012

When I was younger, I would wake up screaming my head off in the middle of the night and scare the hell out of my mother.  It still makes me laugh just thinking about Janet being woken up by a twelve year old screaming her head off or talking away in the middle of the night.  Who does that?  I would also, after calming down, have an entire conversation with her and not remember a lick of it in the morning.  Not to mention the late night talks with my sister Lyndsey while totally asleep. 

The thing is, I don’t really remember being particularly scared or shaken like a night terror.  I’m not even sure when it started, it’s something I should probably ask my mom, but I feel like it’s just something I’ve always done.

When the Davester and I were dating, I would hum in my sleep alternated with giggling uncontrollably and talking about total nonsense while falling asleep. 

Yep, that wasn’t awkward at all…  How do you explain that? 

Um, hi, I’m a total fucking whackadoodle and a sleep talker so stay tuned for the hijinks to ensue.  Also, I really like you so don’t ask me anything while I’m asleep that might incriminate myself or make you not like me.  Ok thanks, have a good night and sweet dreams.

I’ve noticed that from time to time Finn will talk in the middle of the night in short little bursts too.  He hasn’t ever gotten out of bed or had a full conversation, so we’re hoping they’re isolated incidences.  But Tate?  She’s already at eight and nine months talking gibberish, which I guess isn’t really weird because she talks gibberish while she’s awake too, and humming away as she’s falling asleep.  Dave said it reminded him of how I used to fall asleep.

So, we have that to look forward to.

As I’ve gotten older, my sleep talking has lessened dramatically.  It still happens from time to time, usually when I am exhausted, worried, or sleeping in a strange place.  Mostly now it takes the form of humming in my sleep.  It’s a totally weird phenomenon, I can feel myself doing it as I am falling asleep, but I’m just in enough of a state of semi-consciousness that I can’t do anything about it.  It’s kind of how I imagine those horror stories about people who are actually awake during their surgeries and can feel all the pain, but can’t move feel.

Don’t you all just want to share a room with me somewhere?  Are you a sleep talker or have you ever met someone who was?


Yostee said...

This post cracked me up!!!! Don is a total sleep talker. He will have full blown conversations about work - he has even placed orders over the phone, only they were just to me and I could care less. He has even had full blow fights in his sleep. Imagine waking up from a perfectly happy place to hear someone screaming "Listen here motherfu@*$!...." Usually a good elbow to the ribs shuts him up.

I also now have a sleepwalking, sleep talking or sleep crying 2 year old. He has been known to walk down the steps and turn the tv on and just "watch" TV. One night I woke up with him staring me in the face. I have never seen the movie Paranormal Activity, but apparently, I should be afraid of this!! There were about 2 months where you were never sure where he would wake up in the morning - was he upstairs? downstairs? at the foot of our bed? He earned himself the nickname Vinja!!!

I think it's totally cute that Tate hums herself to sleep, but I think it's even sweeter that Dave says it reminds him of you...

Ms. Kang said...

Oh gosh! I used to walk, talk, you name it. Mine is much less frequent now too, but I don't get much sleep now so that might be why. This post is hilarious! Thanks for making me feel more normal :)

Jessica @ Wanting Adventure said...

I'm the same way - I used to have complete conversations with my parents while asleep, and didn't remember anything the next morning. Apparently, I also curse now in my sleep. Hehe.

Bunny @ 86n It said...

Marc has full conversations with me while I'm asleep. He always tries to get me to confess things!

Mrs. Sowerby said...

Kevin is a MAJOR sleep talker. He would have entire conversations that actually made sense with me back in the day. Now that we are sleep deprived parents I tend to just ignore him or shove him, sending him back into slumber land, but man it was funny! We actually came up with a code word so I could tell when he was truly awake because many times he would make so much sense that I really couldn't tell!

Unknown said...

My 4 year old talks in his sleep every now and then. He also wakes up with night terrors sometimes too, poor guy wakes up screaming half asleep. It always takes me awhile to get him awake. That hasn't happened in awhile...fingers crossed.

SnoopyMeg said...

Flynn speaks Spanish in his sleep sometimes, I HAVE NO FUCKING CLUE what he is saying!

Anonymous said...

One time I had two friends over and we were sitting on the coutch with my sister, and Marc alwas said "Cool I like cheese!" and I fell asleep when we were all talking and I said out of no where cool I like cheese!

Anonymous said...

One time my sister was taking a nap and she said get the yellow string!!

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