Sleep talk is mostly rude and negative, research has revealed

The researchers found that those studied were 800 times more likely to drop the “f-bomb” in their sleep, than during waking hours. (Shutterstock)
Updated 24 January 2018
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Sleep talk is mostly rude and negative, research has revealed

DUBAI: You might be careful with what you say during your waking hours, but researchers have revealed that our sleep-talk is probably letting us all down.

France-based researcher Dr Isabelle Arnulf discovered in her study that nearly a quarter of her subjects blurted out either something negative or vulgar language as they slept, the website Medical News Today reported.

Of the 232 adults involved in the study, 87 were found to sleep walk or suffer from night terrors. Arnulf also found that 24 percent of the sleep talk contained negative content, while 22 percent turned the air blue with swear words.

The ‘f-word’ accounted for 10 percent of all sleep talk that was recorded – appearing 800 times more frequently during participants’ sleep than their waking hours.

“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 others to answer, as in awake turn of speech,” Arnulf said.

“The differences are qualitative: nocturnal language is negative, tense, more vulgar, and addressed to somebody, not to oneself,” she added.


Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

Updated 22 January 2019
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Taiwan’s ‘selfie queen’ Gigi Wu dies after ravine fall

  • The social media star fell down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park on Saturday
  • She used a satellite phone to tell friends of the fate that had befallen her

TAIPEI: Taiwanese rescue teams were trying Tuesday to retrieve the body of a dead hiker who became famous on social media for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini.
Gigi Wu — dubbed the “Bikini Climber” by fans — used a satellite phone on Saturday to tell friends she had fallen down a ravine in Taiwan’s Yushan national park and badly injured herself.
Rescue helicopters struggled to reach her because of bad weather and officials eventually located her lifeless body on Monday.
“The weather conditions in the mountains are not good, we have asked our rescuers to move the body to a more open space and after the weather clears we will make a request for a helicopter to bring the body down,” Lin Cheng-yi, from the Nantou County Fire and Rescue Services, told reporters.
Officials said Wu had told friends she was unable to move the lower half of her body after a fall of some 20-30 meters (65-100 feet) but was able to give her coordinates.
She is the latest in a string of social media adventure seekers who have met an untimely end.
Last week, the bodies of an Indian couple were found at the bottom of a popular overlook in California’s Yosemite National Park after hikers alerted officials to their camera equipment at the top of the cliff.
New Taipei City native Wu, 36, built up a sizeable social media following through photos of herself at the top of mountains dressed in bikinis.
She usually wore hiking clothes to scale the mountains, only changing into a bikini once she reached the top.
In an interview with local channel FTV last year, she said she had scaled more than 100 peaks in four years.
“I put on a bikini in each one of the 100 mountains. I only have around 97 bikinis so I accidentally repeated some,” she said.
When asked why she did it, she replied: “It just looks so beautiful, what’s not to like?“
While Taiwan is a largely tropical country, it boasts a spine of towering peaks down its middle that regularly top 3,000 meters. In the winter, temperatures routinely drop well below freezing on the mountain slopes.
Lin said their top rescue team hiked for 28 hours to reach the body, only sleeping for three hours because they knew temperatures were rapidly plunging.