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I laugh in my sleep, is that normal?
mintmocha posted:
Whenever i have a sleepover, the next morning my friends say i laugh, talk, or grunt in my sleep. Is that normal? Can I do something to make it stop? Not only that but i twitch sometimes and move around a lot. I don't know if i should be worried or not...
Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Dear mintmocha,

Many people do talk in their sleep or make sounds while dreaming, however if you're concerned, you should certainly speak to your doctor about these issues. Here's an article on Restless Leg Syndrome, and one on Parsomnias for your information.

Remember, only by seeing a doctor can you get a diagnosis.

Best wishes,

jniveko responded:
I have been laughing in my sleep for years.
Consider yourself fortunate!
LaFever responded:
I don't see anything wrong here, but you'll have to verify that with a physician. It doesn't appear to be a medical issue, unlike snoring, which is caused by a partially-blocked air passage, or sleep apnea, which is a medical condition.

I talk in my sleep all the time. So much that, when I awake because of it, I havde to finish what I'm saying, if it happened to be a heated exchange with someone in my dream/nightmare. Also, people in the room can actually carry on a conversation with you, while you're sleeping, so long as they stay on topic. Changing the subject activates a self-defense mechanism in the brain, which wakes you up, because the brain didn't conect or recognize the change in subject matter to what was already going on in there. I was talking about skateboard parts once, and my girlfriend starting talking to me. Then she changed the subject. "So how much do you actually make?" The brain didn't recognize, and I woke.

Body movement comes in all shapes and sizes. Restless leg syndrome is a medical condition. I sometimes have it. But there are other body movements I call twitches that happen all the time. I sometimes bonk the girlfriend in the head with my elbow while I'm sleeping, so I try to keep my arms under the covers. One time, during a dream, I was fighting with my brother. Just as I was about to kick him in the head, I woke up, as my leg was swinging in the air, from under the covers, and missed the window by inches, hitting the wall instead, and smashing my tow. And here I thought our bodies were inactive (paralyzed) during the REM (dream) stage.
mikiconrad replied to LaFever's response:
During Hurricane Ivan I was unable to evacuate and had to take shelter in a stairwell closet with 2 dogs and 2 cats. It made landfall just a bit west of us during the very early morning hours (middle of the night!). I was able to get some sleep periodically waking up laughing from Tom and Jerry cartoon dreams! I'm in my 50's and don't normally dream of cartoon characters! I've always wondered if it may have been a way of my brain helping me to cope with the disaster.
jonnotiha responded:
I have exsactly the same probelm! :P i was gonna ask this question too!

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