Updated January 22, 1999

See our updated and expanded article on somniloquy from the Stanford Sleep and Dreams website.

What is sleep talking?

Sleep talking is the utterence of speech or sounds during sleep without awareness of the event.

What are the symptoms?

Why do some people talk in their sleep?

Nobody knows for sure. Children seem to be prone to it, especially if they sleepwalk too. Some people carry on whole conversations, while others just moan and make other sounds. If the frequency of sleep talking is bothering the family and disrupting sleep for others, there are some things you can keep in mind.

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