Sleep Talking - Symptoms

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Sleep talking can occur during any stage of sleep. The lighter the sleep, the more intelligible the speech: in stages 1 and 2, people may have entire conversations while in stages 3 and 4, speech may be restricted to moans and gibberish. Symptoms can vary in severity and duration.

Severity Criteria

  • Mild: episodes occur less than weekly,
  • Moderate: episodes occur more than once per week but less than nightly and cause mild disturbance to a bed partner
  • Severe: episodes occur nightly and may cause pronounced interruption of a bed partner’s sleep.

Duration Criteria:

  • Acute: 1 month or less.
  • Subacute: More than 1 month but less than 1 year.
  • Chronic: 1 year or longer.

In addition to speech or utterances during sleep, other symptoms of sleep talking may include:

  • Sleep Terrors
  • Sleepwalking
  • Confusional Arousals
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome
  • REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Nocturnal Seizures