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Carries On Conversations During Sleep

by Lavelle Ward
(Hattiesburg, MS USA)

Jessica is now 3 years old. Since about age one she will rub the arm of whoever is in bed with her (mother, father, or grandmother), and say I love you using the name of that person.

The most amazing thing is she will carry on conversations, asking questions, answering questions, making statements and remarks which are pertinent. And yes, she is asleep.

The best we can determine, it started when she had a terrible dream, woke up screaming and wanted her mother to sleep with her. This happened several times until it was determined that her mother needed to sleep with her every night.

When grandmother sleeps with her, the grandmother gets no sleep. Jessica rubs her arm repeatedly, apparently to reassure herself someone is there. If the bed partner gets up, she will invariably ask, "Where are you going?" (using the name of the person who is in bed with her). If the answer is "to the bathroom" Jessica responds with, "Are you coming back?"

Is this any thing to be concerned about? It is almost identical to how Jessica's mom said she reacted as a child, only more severe and constant.

Hi Lavelle,

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I'm going to direct you to some information on possible points of concern for sleep talkers.

I think the information there may be helpful and I'm also opening up your story for comment from other visitors.

We hope that Jessica (and the rest of her family!) will soon be sleeping soundly again.



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