Sunday, 2 October 2011

Sleep talking

More common than sleep walking in young children, what is sleep talking exactly?

Sleep talking is more common than sleep walking and happens to around half of all children at some point. It is more common in girls than boys and can be very clear, or just a murmur! our little one is sleep talking occasionally, even saying "oh-oh!" the other evening and baffling us totally when we checked her and she was happily snoring away!

There are some reasons why sleep talking occurs, such as stress, over tiredness, night terrors and in some young children's cases, separation anxiety. An over excited child can lead to sleep talking too! It can be an annoying condition if your child shares a room with a sibling, but sleep talking does not harm your child.

If you hear your child talking in their sleep, it is best not to wake them. You can try and settle them if the talking seems upsetting to them, but without waking them is best. A study in 2004 found that more than 1 in 10 children sleep talk up to 3 times a week, so it is quite a common thing to happen.

Does your child sleep talk????

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