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The Informed Parent

Talking In Their Sleep

by Peter W. Welty, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Aug. 28, 2000

Do you have a sleeptalker? Frequently children can be heard, seemingly having a conversation with an imaginary individual. Sleeptalking is quite common in both children and adults. It has been studied quite thoroughly in sleep laboratories. It is found to occur in all stages of sleep. Many parents say they notice that their child will sleeptalk if they are quite tired the day before their night’s rest.

The talking in sleeptalk usually involves a few words that are difficult to distinguish. Longer episodes of sleeptalk may involve the sleeper’s life and concerns, but the sleeper generally does not relate dreams during his sleep. Nor does he reveal deep, dark secrets. Sleeptalking alone requires no treatment. Sometimes sleeptalking is accompanied by night terrors and sleepwalking.

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