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This article will provide you with information about a new type of therapy to deal with your kid if there are any behavioral problems.

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At November 29, 2018
Reviewed AtSeptember 8, 2022

Sleep talk therapy is a new type of remedy in which you talk with your kid while he/she is sleeping. This therapy is very useful for kids from the age of toddlers to 12 years. It helps build positiveness in your kid's behavior. Parents can opt for this therapy when they are worried about common childhood problems.

There are many problems kids have in their early age like:

Bed wetting, aggressiveness, low self-confidence, feeling of loneliness, lack of concentration, teeth grinding, tendency to throw tantrums, aversion to food/bath/brushing teeth, nailbiting, mood swings in teenage, exam fear and many more. Parents need not worry about these complaints because they can be improved by sleep talk therapy.

What Exactly To Do?

First, focus on things or the behavior that you want to encourage in your child.

You can whisper some positive words into your kid's ear once he/she falls asleep. You can say four to five sentences at a time. Do not load them with a lot of information.

During the first 40 to 50 minutes after they fall asleep, their subconscious mind is awake and they are open to accepting such positive words. You have to use positive words in the present tense.

  1. For example, if your kid does not like to brush his teeth, then you have to say “You are a very good boy who likes to brush your teeth”.
  2. If your kid is throwing a tantrum every day you have to say “You are a very good girl. You like to be happy”.
  3. For bedwetting, you can try saying something like "My kid always likes dry pants”.

You have to maintain consistency for sleep talk therapy. You may not see the result in just a matter of two to three days and forget about it. It requires consistency with a positive approach from your end. You will see a change definitely after a few days (two to four weeks). Do not lose hope. It will work when done consistently.

It is a nice gift you can give your kid and yourself also. Both the parents can be involved in this. If both do it, the results are best. You can also chant prayers in sleep talk therapy as they have a powerful healing effect and can boost up memory.

Try this and see the positive changes yourself.

Frequently Asked Questions


What Are the Various Causes of Random Sleep Talking?

The following are the various causes of sleep talking:
- Certain drugs.
- Emotional stress.
- Fever.
- Mental health issues.
- Substance abuse like cocaine or heroin.


Can a Person’s Secrets Be Revealed Through Sleep Talking?

It is true that when a person is sleep talking, they speak out their deeply held secrets, which include their latent homosexuality, secret adulterous affairs, and criminal activities. However, the words spoken are too mumbled by a sleeping person, and it is very risky to draw conclusions from it.


What Is Sleep Talk Therapy?

Sleep talk therapy is a process that is designed, especially for children who are aged between two and 12 years. This is done for the purpose of reassuring a child by letting him or her know how much their parent loves them. But rather than showering their love with kisses cuddles, it works more efficiently while the child is asleep.


Is Sleep Talking a Symptom of Mental Stress?

Sleep talking is noted to occur more commonly in people with mental health conditions. In particular, it is seen more frequently to occur in people who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, sleep talking in most people is not considered to be because of mental illness.


Can Sleep Talking Be Treated Permanently?

There is no known permanent treatment for sleep talking. However, a sleep therapist or a sleep center helps in managing the difficulties in this condition. A sleep expert helps you to make sure that your body is getting sufficient rest at night time.


Is Sleep Talking Something I Have to Worry About?

Sleep talking is also commonly known as somniloquy. The act of speaking during sleep is a type of parasomnia. It is a very common condition seen in most people and is not usually considered to be a medical problem unless it persists.


How to Know If I Am Sleeping Talking?

It is hard to tell by yourself if you had been talking in your own sleep. Usually, you would know that you were sleep-talking only when people tell you that they heard you shout out during the night or while you were sleeping.


Can Sleep Talking Be Due to Dementia?

The dreams that make a person talk or walk in their sleep can be early signs of dementia. People who walk, talk, or hit walls during their sleep have an increased risk of dementia. This risk is increased by five times for middle-aged men.


What Is the Purpose of Sleep Talk Therapy?

Since sleep disorders are most commonly a result of emotional health issues such as anxiety, stress, and depression, therapy is an effective method for treating the underlying cause rather than just treating the symptoms temporarily. This can help the affected person to develop healthy sleeping patterns for life.


What Should I Do If I Sleep Talk?

There is no known way to reduce sleep talking consciously by yourself. But the following measures may help you prevent the frequency of sleep taking.
- Avoiding stress.
- Get plenty of sleep at night.
- Keeping a sleep diary can help identify your own sleep patterns and help your sleep expert find out if an underlying health issue is causing your sleep talking.


Can I Treat Sleep Talking at Home by Myself?

If you are sleeping, talking is not a problem to be worried about. Certain lifestyle changes such as avoiding the habit of drinking alcohol, avoiding heavy meals near to bedtime, sleeping in different beds or rooms in your home can help it resolve. But, if your act of sleep talking does not resolve even with these lifestyle changes and occurs frequently, you might need to consult a sleep therapist.


At What Period of Sleep Does Sleep Talking Occur?

Unlike the other types of parasomnias that happen only during specific parts of the sleep cycle, sleep talking usually occurs during either rapid eye movement (REM) period of sleep or non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep.


What Is Sexsomnia?

Sexsomnia is a disorder in which a person shows sexual behavior in their sleep. It also belongs to the group of parasomnias. This condition occurs more, particularly during non-rapid eye movement sleep.


Can Sleep Talking Indicate an Underlying Mental Illness?

Sleep talking is most often harmless. However, in some instances, it might indicate a more serious sleep disorder or underlying health condition. The most common mental issue associated with sleep talking is a post-traumatic stress disorder.


What Are the Psychological Explanations Behind Sleep Talking?

Sleep talking is defined as a sleep disorder that causes unconscious talking during sleep. Sleep talking varies in its content and presentation in different individuals. It usually ranges from mumbling, and nonsensical words to full, or complicated, coherent narratives. A person can spontaneously initiate sleep talking or be induced by someone else who talks with them while asleep. The language they speak during sleep can even sound different from their familiar speaking voice.


Can Sleep Talking Run in Families?

There is no sure research or studies on why people talk during their sleep. There is a piece of evidence that it might have a genetic component associated with the disease. This makes sleep talking to run in families and make it a hereditary condition.


How Does Sleep Talking Impact a Normal Person’s Life?

In most cases of sleep talking, it is usually harmless. It does not have a major effect on a person’s sleep and routine life. However, in certain situations in which sleep talking can cause problems are as follows:
- A person’s sleep talking can disturb their bed partner or roommate. It may bother their sleep and contribute to additional problems like insomnia or excessive daytime sleepiness.
- Sleep talking can be embarrassing, and it might create awkwardness or stress between the person talking in their sleep and their roommate.
- If there is an underlying psychological cause for the disease, it can cause additional symptoms.
Dr. Sheetal Nanji Dama
Dr. Sheetal Nanji Dama


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