My 7 almost 8 yr old talk in his sleep almost every night and also walks on occasion... Is this bad?

Candice - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My 7 almost 8 yr old talks in his sleep almost every night and also walks on occasion... Is this bad, anyone else go throught this?

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Melissa - posted on 01/26/2010

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My son is 7 and sleep walks. I did some research on this and I found that if they start sleep walking before either 9 or 11 years old, it will eventually go away with age. However if they start before this age, it may not go away. Plus if they are sleep walking more than once a month, then it is not normal. My son sleep walks 3-4 times a week most weeks. I have started to keep a journal of when he sleep walks. Because I am considering sleep therapy. he also has a few night terrors and this really scares me. I had to put an extra lock on my door where he cannot reach because I am afraid he will walk out of the house one night and get hurt. I would ask your doctor about it. It cannot hurt anything. I am going to do that with my son once I have more of a journal. I wish you the best of luck. Hope this helped.

Christie - posted on 01/26/2010

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Hi, My 7 yr old has sleep issues has since about 2 at 2 she started with night terrors...screaming and running around the house. This lasted til about 5 she will occasionaly still have 1 when she is over tired or really upset. Just recently she has had a new issue insomnia...I took her to the dr and he gave me some suggestion and also asked if she snored and sleep walked...I said yes to both...he suggested I watch her sleep for about 15mins to make sure she does not have sleep apnea. I rec making a dr appt for your child just to have them evaluated....sleep is very important to a child exspecially a school age child.

Lady - posted on 01/26/2010

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my 11 year old has slept walked from a very early age and still does on occasion - usually he just gets up to the toilet and then goes back to bed and doesn't remember it in the morning. the problem is that instead of using the bathroom upstairs he comes to use the downstairs and we've never been able to figure out why - he doesn't know either. it did used to happen more often when he was upset about something but not always. when my daughter was about 7 she went through a little stage of crying in her sleep and didn't remember it, again i think something was upseting her during the day at school but it was soon resolved and she stopped. my 4 year old quite often shouts out in her sleep but then occasionally so will my husband sometimes so maybe it's genetic - my mum seemingly used to say her times tables in her sleep and she tells me she used to have whole conversations with me without me ever knowing. i think sometimes children need to work things out in their heads and do this when they are sleeping and it helps them deal with things during the day - i would make sure there is nothing too bad bothering him but if he says no then don't worry too much and hopefully he'll grow out of it.

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