Sleeptalking is when children talk while they’re asleep.
For example, they might sound like they’re awake but be talking about events that aren’t happening, or talking to someone who’s not in the room. Children might also mumble, shout, sing or laugh in their sleep.
Children usually don’t remember sleeptalking because they’re asleep when they do it. 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 talk in their sleep 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 your child is 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 start to worry about falling asleep.
Sleeptalking doesn’t harm your child. But it can be annoying for anyone who shares a room with your child. 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.