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.


Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. (Seattle Times via AP)
Updated 32 min 59 sec ago
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Cougar kills 1 mountain biker, injures 2nd near Seattle

  • The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body was shot dead
  • A bear and cougar specialist, says it was only the second fatality in Washington state in the last 94 years

NORTH BEND, Washington: Authorities say one man was killed and his friend injured when a cougar attacked them during a morning mountain bike ride outside Seattle.
The cougar was later found up a tree near the dead man’s body, where agents for the state’s Fish and Wildlife police shot and killed it hours after the Saturday attack, the Seattle Times reported.
The names of neither man were immediately released.
The injured man was in satisfactory condition at a hospital. Authorities say the cougar initially attacked him before running away. Moments later, it returned with deadly results.
Rich Beausoleil, the state’s bear and cougar specialist, says it was only the second fatality in Washington state in the last 94 years.