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Why Do People Walk or Talk in Their Sleep?


Sleepwalking (somnambulism) and sleeptalking (somniloquy) are very common conditions.

Growing up, my younger brother’s bedroom was next to mine. I remember like it was yesterday, walking down the hallway for a late night bathroom break and stopping to listen as my toddler brother spoke to friends in the playground or mumbled nonsense and who-knows-what while he was fast asleep.

Fast forward ten years and I am sitting in my friend’s college dorm listening to stories about her roommate who sits up and walks around in her sleep. Imagine waking up to that!

This begs the question, and it is one that I’ve heard many times before, why do people talk or walk in their sleep?

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