Science Questions

Why do I talk out loud when I dream?

Sat, 25th Sep 2010

Part of the show Neuroimaging


@EvilEyeMonster asked:

Why do I talk out loud when I dream? My wife hears only half the conversation, and I don't even remember it.


My own view would be that the nervous system suppresses the motor system when we actually go to sleep. This is why we don't end up acting out more of our dreams, because of this region in the brain stem that stops the motor pathways going through.  That will include some of the more complicated movements that make vocalisations happen, but youíre still, in your dream, going to be talking and things, arenít you?  So, thatís why you would talk out loud sometimes - I guess thereíd be a breakthrough of that suppression activity. 


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