Sleeptalking is very common in children. If your child talks in his sleep, it doesn’t hurt him or mean there’s anything wrong.

About sleeptalking

Sleeptalking can happen any time, but it usually happens in the earliest stages of deep sleep.

People in deep sleep are hard to wake up and might feel quite drowsy when they do wake up. This means that even if you can get your child into a sleep conversation, your child probably won’t remember it in the morning.

What to do about sleeptalking

Children might sleeptalk more regularly if they’re excited or worried about something, like a concert, a holiday or a test. Talking with your child about the event in a calm and supportive way while she’s awake might help reduce sleeptalking.

It’s up to you whether you tell your child about the sleeptalking. Keep in mind that children can sometimes become worried about falling asleep.

Sleeptalking doesn’t harm your child. But it can be annoying for anyone who shares a room with him. If it keeps other children awake, you might have to change the sleeping arrangements.

Talking during sleep doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is worried or has a mental health problem. But if you’re concerned about your child, talk to a professional like your GP.

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Last updated or reviewed
02-06-2017

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