MANILA, Philippines — Doctors at the St. Luke’s Medical Center confirmed today that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has been diagnosed with a severe case of somniloquy, or more commonly known as ‘sleep-talking’.
“Somniloquy or sleep-talking is a parasomnia that refers to talking aloud while asleep,” said Dr. Pedro Capaldi, head of St. Luke’s Sleep Medicine Department. “It can be quite loud, ranging from simple sounds to long speeches, and can occur many times during sleep.”
He added that listeners may or may not be able to understand what the person is saying and that this condition is the result of a person not having enough time when they are awake to say what they want to say.
“Hence the only natural thing her body and brain can do is to continue talking even when the she is asleep to compensate for that.”
Kasambahays or helpers inside the De Lima household has reported orations and speeches emanating for her room continuing in the wee hours of the morning.
“May sinasabi po sya tungkol sa isang listahan, tapos maya-maya ay tungkol naman kay Vhong Navarro,” revealed one of the helpers.
Another helper also heard De Lima talking about food, particularly about pork and beans the other night.
“Nagtawanan nalang kami lahat kasi mukhang gutom pa si ate bago matulog,” narrated the helper while giggling. “Tapos sabay sabi nya na natapon daw ni Napoles yung beans.“
According to Dr. Capaldi, sleep-talking by itself is harmless as compared to being overly talkative when awake,
“Although sleep talking can wake up others, it’s repercussions are minimal,” he said.
The doctor added that as alarming as sleep-talking sounds, a more cause for concern is the frequency and the carelessness of revelations being shared by the patient when she’s not asleep.