DEAR DEIDRE: UNTIL he said another woman’s name, my boyfriend’s sleep talking never bothered me.
I’m 26, he’s 27 and we’ve been together for two years.
For months he avoided staying the night, always saying he had an early meeting or an exercise class.
But eventually, he admitted he was worried his sleep talking would disturb me.
It rarely affects me. I’m quite a heavy sleeper and often don’t hear him. But one night I heard him talking about “Laura”.
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When I brought it up the next day, he said he didn’t know anyone with that name. I’m not sure I believe him.
I keep bringing it up, hoping to catch him out, and it’s causing arguments.
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DEIDRE SAYS: Sleep talking, or somniloquy, can sometimes be complicated monologues. Other times, it’s complete gibberish.
It may not mean anything at all.
Perhaps that name was in your boyfriend’s head after hearing it on TV or reading about someone online.
But this clearly bothers you, so sit him down and ask him to be truthful.
Take his answer as final, as you could push him away if you keep bringing it up.