Speaking Different Languages While Asleep!

Speaking Different Languages While Asleep!

Somniloquy or sleep talking, refers to talking aloud while asleep. Somniloquy can range from simple mumbling sounds to loud shouts or long inarticulate speeches. This phenomenon has spread quite rapidly. According to a recent study, 5 to 8 people out of 10 have spoken at least once during their sleep. But there’s no need to worry.

When we dream our muscles are “deactivated”.  So, for example, if we dreamt about diving in the pool, our muscle deactivation would prevent us from leaping off the mattress onto the floor. Our vocal cords are “disconnected” while we sleep as well so talking clearly while sleeping is rare. However, there are instances while we’re asleep when the vocal apparatus does not completely shut off. When we experience highly stressful conditions, an altered state due to drug or alcohol consumption or even a fever, the vocal apparatus may remain active. Paradoxical sleep or REM sleep as it is often called, is the time in which we are in the deepest sleep and our dreams appear to be most vivid. The REM sleep phase is another instance in which the vocal apparatus may remain active.

Although this phenomenon is not dangerous there have been several alarming cases reported of individuals that spoke an entirely different language while asleep! Most of these individuals claim that they can only speak in their native tongue however, once asleep, they appear to be fluent in an entirely different language. Some of these individuals have been recorded while rattling off their unconscious rants and several theorists believe the language to be that of some extraterrestrial society!

There is a lot of discussion on the web regarding the anomalies of xenoglossy. Xenoglossy is a phenomenon in which a person is able to speak a language that he or she could not have acquired by natural means. Cases of xenoglossy are stretching all over the globe, some claiming that these individuals have spoken such languages as Akkadian, Assyrian, Babylonian, Swedish, English, Spanish, etc. Of course, it is difficult to say whether these reports are true but as the cases continue to rise, so to does the phenomenon’s validation.

Scientists have investigated several of these cases and uncovered some interesting data however, they still haven’t received enough evidence to deem the theory legitimate. Specialized forums speculate that other elements are associated with this phenomenon such as the collective unconscious, the AAM (Active Alien Memory), psychic state, vague memories from past lives, communication of information through atoms and electrons, and even demoniac possession.

According to the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences (in Italian CICAP Comitato Italiano per il Controllo delle Affermazioni sulle Pseudoscienze), there is a simple explanation for these phenomenon’s, explained by top psychologists who concluded that these instances were nothing more than episodes of FAS or Foreign Accent Syndrome. Nevertheless, our doubts continue and the mystery remains.

What language do you speak in your sleep?

11 Comments On This Topic
  1. Randall Ugrovics
    on Mar 2nd at 08:29

    I have a form of recitative xenoglossy in which I can speak the language at will, while I’m awake.
    Dont know the language, or the dialect due to my limit to the recitation of what is said, unlike those who have the other form, refered to as the “responsive”, form of xenoglossy.

    • Slow Sleep
      on Mar 3rd at 11:03

      Ciao Randall and thank you very much for sharing of your “recitative xenoglossy”.
      We are really interested about it.

  2. Lynn7
    on Jul 9th at 13:15

    I speak German in my sleep, although I know almost nothing about it when I’m awakened. But in my sleep I say words I don’t even know. In German. When I wake up, I type what I remember saying in my dreams and I get a translation.

    • Slow Sleep
      on Jul 14th at 12:02

      Dear Lynn, thanks for your comment, Keep us informed about your sleeping-german.
      Ciao from SlowSleep.


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  4. Lisa Freeland
    on May 31st at 12:23

    My partner has conversations in what seems to be a native languange while asleep. I’ve recorded him and tried to compare it with languages online. It sounded closest to the language Incas spoke.He speaks very clearly. This happens almost every night. It is very scary. I had to record him because he didn’t remember anything.He can’t believe it’s him.

  5. Slow Sleep
    on May 31st at 14:35

    Thank you for your message Lisa, we all are speechless

  6. Mandy Hourd
    on Jul 10th at 02:54

    I’m always waking up at 3 -4am if I’ve actually fallen asleep by then, and have realised recently when I wake up I am talking in some kind of language, only for a second though before my body wakes up. I vote I’m an Alien….. It would answer some kit if questions anyway lol

  7. Slow Sleep
    on Jul 15th at 09:44

    Thank you for your message Mandy. Have you any recordings?

  8. John ambler
    on Sep 3rd at 17:47

    I have been speaking in a language I dont know in my sleep for years. Sometimes I wake up almost as if half asleep unable to stop myself from talking this other language. My partner has laid at the side of me listening to me and says it’s like nothing he has ever heard

  9. Slow Sleep
    on Sep 4th at 11:09

    Thank you John! Are you still a sleep-talker?


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