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[[caption-width-right:350:ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}} apparently has some interesting dreams.]]

->''"I hear the secrets that you keep\\
When you're talkin' in your sleep."''
-->-- '''The Romantics''', "Talkin' In Your Sleep"

Dreams, occurring in REM (no, not that Music/{{REM}}) are the subconscious mind's way of rooting through thoughts and concepts the brain is trying to process while the owner of the brain is sleeping. When a sleeper is dreaming, they sometimes also talk. In RealLife, these verbal fragments are more likely to be random nonsense like in the page image than anything linear or relevant--let alone any kind of deep or embarrassing secrets--but this is fictionland...

In fiction and media, anything spoken whilst dreaming is intelligible and (usually) deeply meaningful, offering up insights into the hidden life of our heroes. TheBully may reveal himself as a BruiserWithASoftCenter or a JerkWithAHeartOfGold though he's still obnoxious while awake. Your tough-as-nails MamaBear may have [[BadDreams nightmares about things from her past]], which of course gives TheHero something to comfort her over. TheStoic may show [[AnxietyDreams his hidden fears]]. Your shy ShrinkingViolet may call out the name of the one she loves in her sleep, though she never gives a hint while awake (bonus points if she does so rather... [[EroticDream passion]][[CovertPervert ately]]).

If it isn't one of the above, most likely there will be crucial information imparted. Even if the sleeper knows all the secrets in the story, the one piece of information the listener needs will be what is murmured between nonsensical babbles. If something delicate is revealed there's a good chance that the listener will misunderstand it and causes [[HilarityEnsues hilarity to ensue]].

If what's said actually ''is'' nonsense, then the medium is most likely comedy, or the trope is being used for comic relief.

Can just as often lead to tragedy, depending on the secrets spoken and who's been overhearing or listening.

A common variation involves the 'sleeper' [[InvokedTrope pretending to talk in his sleep]] [[FeedTheMole to misdirect eavesdroppers]].

Supernatural intrusion into dreams is a method of justifying the dreamer speaking in lucid sentences. Nor is this trope restricted to natural slumber -- drugged sleep or unconsciousness brought on by drugs, alcohol, or a blow to the head will work just as well.

Sleep talking can be accompanied by SleepWalking and {{Fever Dream|Episode}}s as well. TruthInTelevision as there are many people who talk in their sleep in RealLife.

Probably related to the fictional idea that [[RealDreamsAreWeirder dreams are generally coherent experiences that consist of the dreamer reliving past experiences, instead of surreal flashes of (seemingly) unrelated things]].

Not to be confused with the half-awake babble someone makes when awakened abruptly by the phone in the dead of night. Sleep-talking also tends to be the last thing that happens before the sleeper's own words cause them to snap awake and [[CatapultNightmare sit up in bed]].

Not to be confused with TalkingInYourDreams, where two or more dreaming characters are communicating with one another.

See also: DreamSequence. Compare with NonSequiturThud. Not to be confused with TalkingInBed (which is a conversation between two characters in bed who are both awake).


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': Saito has a heated dream about his "master", in the middle of the class.
* Nori in ''Manga/RozenMaiden'' mentions this line in her sleep:
-->''Jun, I can't, we're siblings!''
* Chamo in a ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' mumbles "Lady, there's no way. I can't smoke that..." Keeping in mind Chamo is an ''ermine.''
* Manga/{{Naruto}} has a tendency to do this, often to the chagrin of whoever he happens to be on mission with.
* Played straight in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. During the ninth episode, when Asuka sleep walks (or debatably consciously walks) into Shinji's futon, Shinji leans in for a kiss, but stops when he hears Asuka mumbling "Mama" and crying in her sleep. This would foreshadow later on when we learn that [[spoiler:Asuka's mother killed herself]].
* In one of the side-stories of ''Manga/{{Pluto}}'', a composer with writer's block ''sings'' in his sleep, the melody which is the key to his unfinished work.
* Akane Tendo from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' tends to talk in her sleep, saying things like:
--> "Oh, P-chan! Where have you been?"
--> "Ranma..."
--> "What're you doing?! No. No, don't! I wanted that there!"
* In episode 23 of ''KeroroGunsou'', Keroro sneaks into Fuyuki's room at night in order to steal the Kero Ball out of its hiding place in Fuyuki's desk drawer. He panics when he hears Fuyuki shout "Sergeant, don't do that!", but it turns out Fuyuki is just talking in his sleep. He follows it up with "The sponge cake comes first, then the telephone..." and goes back to sleep.
* Milly Thompson of Trigun talks in her sleep. Her words become more amusing when she's [[HappyDrunk asleep due to drink]].
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' murmurs the name of his dead fiancee when fevered. It has some plot significance because this is the first that his traveling companion has heard of Elena, and it leads her to learn more about Van's backstory.
* In a few ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' bonus strips, Izumi, Riza and Miki overhear Hinagiku talking in her sleep about 'Sgt. Doughnut' and are confused. When we see her dreams, he is a human, with a giant doughnut for a head.
* In ''Manga/KOn'''s first training camp with Azusa, Ritsu abruptly sits up in her sleep and shouts, "CABBAGE!"
* [[BigBrotherMentor England]] from ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' does it in one strip, revealing that [[BoisterousBruiser America]] used to wet his bed while he was a cute boy.
* When Manga/InuYasha visits Kagome's room, he finds that she is sleeping.
-->'''Kagome:''' Inuyasha...sit.
-->'''Inuyasha:''' Damn you...what are you dreaming about!
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Rey is shown to not only talk in his sleep, but be clingy and demanding about it.
* The CanonForeigner [[{{Sleepyhead}} Kumin]] in ''LightNovel/LoveChunibyoAndOtherDelusions'' often does this in her numerous nap sessions.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': PlayedForLaughs in the case of Orihime. She ''does'' dream about [[TheHero Ichigo]] (whom she really obviously has a crush on) but otherwise [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} her dreams don't seem to make sense at all]].
-->'''Orihime:''' D... don't, Kurosaki-kun... It's not like that... That's not [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh Pooh bear]], it's P-tan... They look similar but they're different... You can't win the series A soccer finals with P-tan... You can't... It's impossible...[[CatapultNightmare I SAID, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!!!]]
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' Lambo talks in his sleep and insults Tsuna, Reborn, and I-pin. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Reborn and I-pin respond by beating him up]].
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu''. After Tessa 'sleepwalked' into Sôsuke's bed, she starts babbling nonsense when a jealous Kaname catches her. Kaname accuses her of faking it.
-->'''Tessa:''' I can't eat any more...
-->'''Kaname:''' Stop mumbling classic sleep talk phrases and wake up!
* In episode 58 of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' Juri has fainted after being frightened by Hiei's Dragon of the Darkness Flame attack in fear of being absorbed by it, later after it appeared Hiei has been destroyed by the attack her co-announcer Koto tries to wake her up to do the count down she says "Tell work I'm sick today Mom" while sobbing.
* In an episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', Manjyome is saved from drowning by [[MysteriousBacker a guy with a mask]] [[spoiler: later revealed to be the chancellor of North Academy]] who learns about his rivalry with Judai this way.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Iris West Allen learned that husband Barry was Franchise/TheFlash because he talked in his sleep.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} says WEIIIRD things in his sleep sometimes. Which is not entirely different from what he says when he's awake.
* In one very early ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' story, Tom Kalmaku shares a hospital room with a local gangster, and talks very coherently in his sleep about GL's power battery and its limitations. Fortunately the gangster tips his hand in the morning, and Hal and Tom work out a scheme to convince him that Tom doesn't know Green Lantern and was just muttering dream-nonsense.
* In an early segment of ''ComicBook/JimmyOlsen, Superman's Pal'', Jimmy wonders how Superman knew that he was in trouble and where to show up. Clark, with whom he had been rooming temporarily, provided the answer to the readers -- the young reporter had given his plans away the previous night by talking in his sleep.
* In ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueDark'', Constantine claims he learnt some of Zatanna's backwards magic because she mumbles it in her sleep.
* It was eventually revealed that the Burglar who killed {{Spider Man}}'s uncle had once shared a cell in prison with a gangster who talked in his sleep; the Burglar had heard from him this way that he had hidden a box of stolen money under the floorboards of the Parker house years ago. This was why he had originally broken in, although when this motive was discovered, it was also discovered that the money had long been eaten by silverfish, making the murder AllForNothing.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', the first time Yuki teleports Kyon, Mikuru, and Kanae into her apartment Kanae sleeps through it and starts talking in her sleep.
-->"Mmm, Sempai," Kanae murmured in her sleep with a quiet giggle.
* In the ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfiction ''(Un)lucky'', Switzerland's hostile feelings towards the nations that [[spoiler:raped Canada]] surface through his people via a little girl muttering "I'll kill them all" in her sleep. Her parents are very concerned by this.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' {{A|lternateUniverseFic}}U ''Fanfic/{{Seigikan}}'' when Light finds L talks in his sleep he takes full advantage of it: "[[IKnowYourTrueName Ryuzaki, what is your real name?]]"
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7989419/12/Hand-Delivered-Letter Hand Delivered Letter]]'':
-->'''Hannah:''' Don't take the bananas. The monkeys need them.
* Examples from Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}:
** One episode of ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Socrates doing this. It's filled with {{Shout Out}}s and [[ItMakesSenseInContext weirds a nearby mountain lion out.]]
** From ''Fanfic/ThePezDispenserAndTheReignOfTerror'':
--> '''Hobbes:''' CD players swimming in an ocean of gravy…Zzzzzz…with tree trunks…snort Zzzzz.
* Subverted in ''Fanfic/TheSecretLifeOfDolls''; Cleo wonders if the Littlest Bella's talking in her sleep will provide important emotional information, as it originally did in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', but it's just rambling. Later on she pretends to talk in her sleep to attract the Littlest Edward, and Cleo has to exasperatedly point out to him that people don't talk in their sleep in ''complete sentences''.
* In ''FanFic/ItsADangerousBusinessGoingOutYourDoor'', when Rarity, Rainbow, and Applejack are camping in the mountains, sleeping together for warmth, Rainbow unconsciously makes a move on Rarity.
-->'''Rarity:''' Why, Commodore Silverhooves, you're so ''forward''...it's only our first date...
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5447941/7/Unexpected-Changes Unexpected Changes]]'':
'''Sirius:''' No no bad bunny I don't like carrots...
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11967877/6/The-King-s-Indian-Attack The King's Indian Attack]]'':
-->'''Sinistra:''' Gotta...stop...Herc'les...stealin'...apples.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'':
** Dory talks in her sleep.
-->'''Dory:''' You gonna eat that? ... careful with that hammer ... sea monkeys have my money ... yes, I'm a natural blue.
** In the outtakes, she instead says: "[[PressYourLuck Big money! No whammies!]]"
** Another outtake: "Klaus, the pinata is drooping..."
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Woody and Buzz nearly wake up a half-asleep Sid, who mutters "I wanna ride the pony." The gag was later repeated word-for-word in the videogame adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheWarriors''.
* ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': "The redhead's got a gun..."
* ''Film/AGoofyMovie'':
** When Max changes the map so Goofy will take him to the Powerline concert instead of fishing while Goofy is asleep, he briefly wakes up and asks him "How many cups of sugar does it take to get to the moon?" to which Max replies "three and a half?" he then immediately falls back to sleep.
** Also played straight when Max is writing a letter to Roxanne about going to the Powerline concert, but then he hears Goofy say as he sleeps, "More hi dad soup, please...?", and Max rewrites the letter to tell Roxanne the truth.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In early silent film ''Film/ACureForPokeritis'' (1912), the HenpeckedHusband pretends to join a fraternal lodge, when he is really going out to play poker with his buddies. His wife figures this out when he starts muttering ''and dealing cards'' in his sleep.
* The DamselInDistress in ''Film/DeadAgain'' could ''only'' talk in her sleep at the beginning of the movie. While awake, she was amnesiac and mute until they got her hypnotized.
* In the ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' [[TheFilmOfTheBook film]], Ron Weasley wakes up one night and mumbles to Harry, somewhat distressed--and a few seconds later, promptly falls asleep again.
-->'''Ron:''' ... Spiders...they want me to tapdance! I don't want to tapdance!\\
'''Harry:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments You tell those spiders, Ron.]]
* ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'': PlayedForLaughs.
--> '''Indy:''' How did you know she ''[Elsa Schneider]'' was a Nazi?\\
'''Jones, Sr.:''' [[CrossesTheLineTwice She talks in her sleep.]]
* ''Film/TheLoveLight'' is set in Italy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. Angela rescues a sailor, washed up on shore, who identifies himself as an American who deserted from his ship. But after he mutters "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gott_mit_uns Gott mit uns]]" in his sleep, she realizes that he is actually a German spy.
* The last conversation between Malcolm and Anna Crowe in ''Film/TheSixthSense'' is held while Anna is fast asleep.
* In ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'', Charlie is awakened by Harriet shouting "RALPH!" in her sleep.
* In ''The President's Analyst'', the title character's job stress takes a turn for the worse when returning home one day, he finds the head of the No Federal Agencies Were Harmed "FBR" informs him they removed his live-in girlfriend, citing national security as he talked in his sleep. Needless to say, he's quite upset that they know that fact.
* In ''Film/TheNeverEndingStory'', Falcor tells Atreyu that he talks in his sleep.
* In ''Film/LittleNicky'' Nicky has fallen asleep in the parking lot and is roaring and talking gibberish in a demonic voice with a crowd gathered around him, he ends with saying "I will eat your heart!" which causes the crowd to run away.
* In the ''Series/GetSmart'' sequel movie ''Get Smart! Again!'', it is revealed that Max bought the Cone of Silence after CONTROL was disbanded and installed it in his bedroom because he talks in his sleep.
* Near the climax of ''SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'', both of the Sleaze Brothers talk in their sleep.
-->'''Sam:''' Put them in the bundles. Bundles of the thousands.
* In ''Film/TheFlintstones'' when Wilma attempts to wake up the Dictabird he says:
-->'''Dictabird:''' No Mumsy I don't want to go to school today, the other boys make fun of me.
* In ''Film/Paul(Film)'', after a night around the campfire, Paul tries to wake Clive up, leading to some rather odd dialogue.
-->'''Clive:''' (giggling) [[LiveActionTV/BattlestarGalactica No, Boomer. it's forbidden]].

* In ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'', Winston's friend Parsons is arrested after his daughter allegedly saw him talking in his sleep: "Down with Big Brother, down with Big Brother." Later, they meet up and Parsons is proud of his daughter.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Bella
* ''Literature/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'' mentions that when he was in college, Dirk developed a reputation for saying interesting things in his sleep after a large meal; it's heavily implied that it was a scam he'd set up so that his roommates would buy him large meals a lot.
** And good vintage wine.
* In ''Literature/TheShining'', Jack starts talking in his sleep, as he's slowly going insane.
* High fever + some pretty hefty meds = [[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Lord Jaxom]] blabbing everything about the queen egg rescue.
* In ''Literature/DiplomaticImmunity'', we're told that Ekaterin doesn't just have a top secret clearance due to her part in foiling a terrorist plot; it's also due to her husband Miles' tendency to babble about state secrets in his sleep.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' - The first time Percy ever sees Annabeth, she's feeding him ambrosia (which to him tastes like popcorn-flavored pudding) and muttering something. When he can talk and asks how she even knew his name and what happened to him, she just smirks and says, "You talk in your sleep."
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Sirius was talking in his sleep before his escape, which they use as evidence.
** Specifically, he kept saying "He's at Hogwarts," with "he" being [[spoiler:Wormtail]].
** Harry himself is mentioned as talking in his sleep. It becomes a plot point in the movies.
* Several characters do this in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', including Frodo, Éowyn, Merry and Faramir.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Burning Bridge", TheCaptain knows that even if a crew member could keep a secret, he might talk in his sleep, so he overpowers and claims he had grown deranged and needed to be put in cold sleep.
* In ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', Kel has recurring BadDreams of Blayce after the Chamber shows him to her, and Tobe says she talks about it in her sleep.
* In Creator/SarahAHoyt's ''[[Literature/DarkshipThieves Darkship Renegades]]'', Thena comments that Kit is prone to muttering in his sleep.
* In Creator/DeanKoontz's ''Velocity'', the main character's wife has long been in a coma, but sometimes blurts out random phrases. He later learns that everything she says originates from Creator/CharlesDickens's novels, but she's much more likely to recite from something like ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' than any of Dickens's darker works.
* In Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache novel ''A Trick Of The Light'', it's mentioned that Clara Morrow frequently makes snorting and grunting noises in her sleep and occasionally mumbles weird things like, "But Kevin Spacey's stuck on the Moon."
* Creator/DrSeuss takes it UpToEleven in ''The Sleep Book'':
-->''Do you talk in your sleep? It's a wonderful sport.''
-->''And I have some news of this sport to report.''
-->''The World-Champion Sleep-Talkers, Mo and Jo Redd-Zoff,
-->''Have just gone to sleep and they're talking their heads off!''
-->''For fifty-five years now, each chattering brother''
-->''Has babbled and gabbled all night to each other.''
-->''They've talked about laws and they've talked about gauze''
-->''They've talked about paws and they've talked about flaws''
-->''They've talked quite a bit about old SantaClaus.''
-->''And the reason I'm telling you this is because''
-->''You should take up the sport, [[OverlyLongGag it's just fine for the jaws.]]''

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In a couple episodes of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'', Mr. Conklin and Miss Brooks are heard talking in their sleep. "Mr. Conklin's Wakeup Plan" is one such example.
* In Series/{{Smallville}}, ''Fever'', Clark falls very ill due to some [[GreenRocks kryptonite]]-[[KryptoniteIsEverywhere infested]] spores. [[TearJerker He mutters Lana's name in his sleep when Chloe is staying with him at his bedside.]]
** Common with many police officers who sleep on the job, it would seem.
* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' did fake it as a trick variation, with Ricky pretending to talk in his sleep.
-->'''Ricky:''' Grace Foster...Grace Foster is running away...Grace Foster is running away with the milkman.
* In a ''Series/That70sShow'' episode, Kelso says in his sleep "This isn't gonna work, Jackie". Jackie spends the rest of the episode trying to get him to fall asleep again, so she can find out what he meant.
* Some examples from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
-->'''Willow''': Don't warn the tadpoles! (from season 2's "What's My Line?")
-->'''Spike''': I'm drownin' in footwear! (from the series finale, "Chosen")
** And in "Wild At Heart", Willow is in bed with Oz.
-->'''Willow:''' Mm... It's in the sandblaster...\\
'''Oz:''' What's in the sandblaster, Will? It's a dream. Come back to me. ''(starts to fondle her under the covers)''\\
'''Willow:''' Mmm...Hmm... All Geminis to the raspberry hats.\\
'''Oz:''' Now you're faking.
* Done a few times on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', such as J.D. reliving the first season's finale in his dream and Turk's Dating Game dream (which, hinted at by Carla, is a recurring one).
* Done once on ''Series/ThirtyRock'', after Liz takes some flight medication which lists "sexual nightmares" as a side-effect.
-->[[{{Squick}} No, grandma, no!]]
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'':
** In one episode, Major Burns won't operate on a CID officer because regulations say this Trope makes it is a risk (he might say something that shouldn't be said while under anesthesia), and you aren't supposed to do so without another present, [[LawfulStupid despite the fact that he's dying.]] Hawkeye is more sensible - and fortunately, so is the officer comes later.
** In the episode where Winchester's snoring is keeping the gang awake. The episode ends with Winchester's snoring cured, but now BJ is talking in his sleep.
* On ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', this is how Dorian Lord learned that her husband Victor was a pedophile who had abused his daughter Victoria throughout her childhood.
* ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise''.
** Enterprise's medical officer, Dr Phlox, is from a species that must hibernate a few days every year. The crew try to wake him up with a stimulant to treat an ensign who's broken his leg, only for Phlox to emit a long stream of nonsense (both before and after he wakes up).
** In another installment, Lt. Reed has a fantasy of T'Pol, but when he wakes up, Trip tells him that he 'kept asking for some guy named Stinky."
* A non-comedic (but painfully cliched) version happens on ''Series/{{Empire}}'', when Cookie finds Lucious sleeping heavily from a new medication, and before she leaves, he sits up and reveals not only the season-long secret that he was the one who murdered her cousin Bunky, but that he doesn't have ALS as originally feared, but a less severe and more manageable condition instead. She's so pissed that she contemplates murdering him with a pillow, which got captured on video tape...
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Rory and Paris share a hotel room during a summer internship in Washington, and Rory discovers that Paris has a tendency to say things like "[[UsefulNotes/BillClinton I did not have sexual relations with that woman]]" in her sleep.
* On ''Series/SiliconValley'', Richard is forced to share a room with Jared, who speaks loudly and angrily in German in his sleep.
* ''Series/TheSketchShow'': Played with in a sketch where Ronni is listening to her husband Tim talk in his sleep in the hopes that he'll mention the name of a woman she suspects he's having an affair with. Each time he appears to be talking about a woman, he finishes his sentence in a way that turns it into something innocuous, such as "Allison... I'll listen to anything you say, Ronni!" Then finally he mentions Karen's name, who tries and fails to finish Tim's words in a credible way.

* The Romantics had a hit in TheEighties with the song topping the page as {{Trope Namer|s}} and [[TropeCodifier Codifier]].
* The Cars' "Just What I Needed" mentions "I don't mind you hangin' out / and talkin' in your sleep".
* Crystal Gayle's "You've Been Talkin' in Your Sleep," about a woman who fears her lover is having an affair. There's a remake by Martine [=McCutcheon=].
-->You've been talkin' in your sleep, sleeping in your dreams\\
With some sweet lover.\\
Holding on so tight, loving her the way\\
You used to love me.
* Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine's "I'm Not Calling You A Liar":
--> There's a ghost in my mouth
--> And it talks in my sleep
* The Go-Gos' "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" cites averting this trope as one of the few fringe benefits of insomnia.
* Appears in Music/DollyParton's song "Jolene", where the narrator begs Jolene not to steal her man.
-->He talks about you in his sleep\\
And there's nothing I can do to keep\\
From crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
* In Music/MelanieMartinez's "Teddy Bear", her boyfriend talking in his sleep about hurting her is the first warning sign he plans to kill her.
-->When you started talking in your sleep\\
Saying things you'd do to me\\
I didn't care, I wasn't scared\\
Now I'm finding knives under the sheets\\
Crumbled photographs of me\\
I'm in despair\\
Should I be scared?
* The protagonist of "Unwell" by Music/MatchboxTwenty mentions talking in his sleep as one of the symptoms of his AmbiguousDisorder.
* In Music/{{Pink}}'s "Just Give Me a Reason," Nate Ruess's character apparently talks about ending the relationship in his sleep.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' comic strip has Linus doing this while dreaming about his teacher, Miss Othmar.
* In a ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' strip, Calvin overhears Hobbes saying in his sleep: "Oh yes, I'm VERY fond of Calvin. ...pass the gravy, please." Calvin decides to let Hobbes have the covers.
** In another strip, Calvin says that he likes to mess with Hobbes's dreams. He holds a cookie under Hobbes's nose while he's sleeping, and sure enough, Hobbes starts mumbling about cookies.

[[folder:Oral Tradition]]
* An old joke:
-->'''Mother:''' Doctor, my son is talking in his sleep. Can you do something about that?
-->'''Doctor:''' That's not really a bad thing. You shouldn't worry about it.
-->'''Mother:''' Yes, but everyone in school is laughing about him!

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Squacky does this sometimes on ''Series/ThePajanimals''.
-->'''Squacky''': (''dreaming of a movie he's excited about seeing'') More popcorn.

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'': The TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms spell ''Detho's Delirium'' caused the victim to talk in their sleep, possibly revealing useful information.

* In ''Theatre/AvenueQ'', there is a whole song where Rod dreams about Nicky talking in his sleep.
* ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'': Lady Macbeth's sleepwalking soliloquy.
* Characters learn important information while another character talks in her sleep in Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard.
* There's a rather sad version in MissSaigon in the song "I Still Believe". As Chris sleeps, he shouts "Kim!", to the dismay of his wife Ellen, who has never learned of Chris' first love.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series has many instances of EnemyChatter, but also of characters muttering in their sleep, ranging from religious Hammers to guards and civilians.
-->'''Sleeping Guard''': Too many snakes! Where's Piggy?
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable|I}}'' has a few, from the method to get the bordello deed to the kid in Bowerstone, sleeping and "tripping" on something, and spilling "pearls" like this:
-->"Get away from me you headless monkey, I don't like your eyes!"
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater''. During the game's final stealth sequence, you can tranquilize EVA. If you do so, she mumbles fairly dirty things in her sleep about you, The Boss and her dog, Fido.
** If you watch Snake in VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2, he would mumble in his sleep and then yell out, "Liquid!"
* Mario mumbles about Italian food if left asleep long enough in ''SuperMario64''.
* Norma Beatty from VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia does this when she's asleep. And most of the time, HilarityEnsues.
** In ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', Judith mentions in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0WvkMqPvdQ an appropriately-titled skit]] that [[BlackMagicianGirl Rita]] chants spells in her sleep.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', both Squall and [[spoiler:his father]] Laguna are said to talk in their sleep. Also, there's a guy in Trabia Garden who, because of the missile attack, has gone a bit loopy and has dreams of being [=SeeD=] in his sleep. He says stuff like "Take this! GF summoning..." and "That...Tonberry King!"
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', if you examine the Moogle's Flute key item (allows you to summon a save moogle on the WorldMap) in the menu, you get a quotation from a character just like any other key item. In this case, the quotation is from lead thief of Tantalus, Baku, and reads "Hey, let me touch that red...bonbon-lookin' thing on your head... Zzz..." =Baku sleeptalking=
* In ''VideoGame/MagicalDiary'', one of your roommates talks in her sleep. However, what she says is completely nonsensical (and randomised between plays). The only consistent thing is that it has something to do with [[BigBrotherAttraction her older brother]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland Chapter 3: Lair of the Leviathan'', while Guybrush is performing first aid on Morgan to wake her up, we hear her mumble, while she's unconscious: "[[AndThisIsFor THIS is for JUGBENDER!]]" and "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Gomez... not on the carpet!]]"
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAssault'', Pigma is disturbed to find that he's talking in his sleep. [[spoiler:considering that it's because he's [[NightmareFuel being assimilated by the Aparoids]], it's for good reason.]]
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' has Luigi do this several times, which the player hears as his characteristic [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign pseudo-Italian]] but which Starlow understands perfectly. Each time, it was triggered by Dreambert conveying a message to the outside world from inside Luigi's dream.
* In the ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' games, if Gulliver washes up on the shores of your town, he'll indulge in a bit of this as you try to wake him up.
---> "Nnnnnn... Cinnamon buns are not currency... Not yet, anyway..."
* The ''{{VideoGame/Pokemon}}'' move Sleep Talk can be used during the Asleep StandardStatusEffect to randomly execute one of the user's other three moves.
* In ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', your Miis can say various silly things while sleeping.
-->''Does anyone need a meerkat? I have a spare...''\\
''[Other Mii] stole all of my disco balls!''\\
''Why do bananas have their own packaging? It's a mystery...''
* In ''AtelierEschaAndLogyAlchemistsOfTheDuskSky'', Nio asks Escha and Logy if they heard a strange voice. Logy accidentally let slip that he heard Escha talking in her sleep after she fell asleep while doing paperwork.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Kala suffers from this during her brushes with the minds of the monsters. As a result, the talking is less 'amusing non-sequitur' and more 'wordless rhythmic chanting mixed with ominous statements in the voice of an old man'.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'', while Group A of Class VII is on the train to their field study in Legram, Millium is sleeping and comments "No, Lammy, you can't smash that," Lammy being her giant combat robot that assists her. Also, later on, while taking a nap following a mission: "Emma, they're so big... and soft." Additionally, late in the game, if you have Rean talk to the sleeping Sara in the Class VII dormitory, she'll comment "Zzz... Keep those beers coming... Zzz..." and if you speak to her again, "Zzz... I'm done. Hit my limit... ...There needsh to be more booze in thish glass... Zzz..."

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'', part of [[spoiler: Yo and Ittosai's]] BadDreams sequences include said guys talking in their sleep, mistaking Sayori for a character in the dream. [[spoiler: In Yo's case, it's his injured mom. For Ittosai, his cruel father.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1923/ This]] ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' strip.
* In Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick's ''On the Origins of the [=PCs=]'', there is a guard on the diamond Haley steals, who is asleep and talking.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Grace used to [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2002-09-11 talk and scream in her sleep]] when she was having {{Recurring|Dreams}} BadDreams.
* [[CoolTeacher Ha]] [[AFatherToHisMen Jinsung]] from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' cheers Viole on even in his sleep.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2009-08-25 the laptop does this in sleep mode, in binary]].
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1304240/blue-yonder-chapter-1-page-29/ Lena's father calls her mother's name, having drunk himself to sleep]].
* In ''Webcomic/DaisyOwl'', Daisy's father does this [[http://www.daisyowl.com/comic/2008-07-11 while being purchased]] at his place of employment.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1400/fc01354.htm Sawtooth text messages in his sleep mode.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DocRat'', [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?id=strip&thisitem=1279 Danielle does this.]] [[http://www.docrat.com.au/default.asp?thisItem=1286 Proves to be]] BadDreams.
* In ''Webcomic/CommanderKitty'', CK mumbles lyrics from ''Disney/LadyAndTheTramp'' [[http://www.commanderkitty.com/2011/12/04/to-the-rescue/ after Zenith's monster pummels him into unconsciousness]].
* In ''Webcomic/FauxPas'', [[http://www.ozfoxes.net/cgi/pl-fp1.cgi?917 Cindy observes that if Randy said something, it was in his sleep.]]
* In ''Webcomic/KimonosTownhouse'', Kimono does this.
--> [[http://www.kimonostownhouse.com/comic/index.php?date=2007-06-27 "Oh, come on. It's just a pig."]]
* In one installment of ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', Lydia accidentally summons [[Film/{{Beetlejuice}} Betelgeuse]] by calling his name in her sleep.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]] for some reason has a constant tendency to say the names of different {{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES games while sleeping on the couch.
* Episode 61 of ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'' has Marik doing this, apparently dreaming about [[HoYay having dinner with Bakura]].
--> "Zzzzz... Nn-no, Bakura, don't eat your spaghetti with your mouth open. It gets everywhere. Told you not to do that."
* In the beginning of the 56th episode of ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'':
-->'''Clint:''' And that's gonna take us down to the two-minute warning. What do you think about the action in the first half so far, Bert?\\
'''Bert:''' ''(wakes up)'' Wha, huh? Whoa, was I asleep?\\
'''Clint:''' Yes, you most certainly were.\\
'''Bert:''' Sorry, I tend to fall asleep when I'm watching things I don't give a shit about. Was I talking in my sleep?\\
'''Clint:''' Eh, well, uh, [[{{Understatement}} maybe a little.]]\\
'''Clint:''' Christiansen is back to pass he's looking deep in the end zone and it's—\\
'''Bert:''' No, no Vasquez, [[NoodleIncident I delivered all the drugs.]]\\
'''Clint:''' He hands the ball off to [=McGrann=] and he—\\
'''Bert:''' Hey! [[ItMakesSenseInContext If I had your money, would I be half-naked in this brothel wearing kneepads?]]\\
'''Clint:''' And he's looking deep for Derringer, and it is—\\
'''Bert:''' Well you tell Blake Shelton to [[AssShove shove it up his asshole!]]\\
'''Bert:''' I didn't say anything too embarrassing, did I?\\
'''Clint:''' [[BrutalHonesty You sure did!]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Wilma Flintstone had a sequence of nightmares where she'd wake up screaming for help. Fred would come running thinking she was attacked.
* ''WesternAnimatin/TheFairlyOddparents'': Timmy Turner ''wished'' in his sleep from the guilt of letting someone else take the blame for the abduction of Dimmsdale's mascot, Chompy the goat.
--> Vicky... not guilty... wish... RAINING DUCKS!
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' episode "Heritage", Elisa is rendered unconscious, yet somehow seems to know when Goliath is in trouble, even though he is miles away from her, becoming restless in her bed and calling out to him.
* Misery in ''WesternAnimation/RubyGloom'' is a sleep-''singer''. When she's awake, her singing voice is shrill enough to break glass, but when she's asleep she has a terrific voice.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Cartman rants about hippies in his sleep.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KiddVideo'' centering around dreams turning to nightmares and then manifesting to attack the heroes used this method of helpfully letting the characters know what was about to attack them when one or another of them invariably fell asleep.
* A ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' episode has [=SpongeBob=] muttering "Two scoops please. Thank you. Keep the change." in his sleep.
** In another Squidward says "Thanks for the cookies Grandma" in his sleep.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Bender]] tends to talk about how he will kill all humans in his sleep.
-->'''Bender:''' Hey sexy mama, wanna kill all humans?
** When awakened by his human roommate Fry who was disturbed by Bender saying "Kill all humans" over and over again:
-->'''Bender:''' I was having the most beautiful dream and ''you'' were there!
* In a WordGirl episode Dr. Two Brains dreams of various cheeses in his sleep.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' showed a cop nodding off on late-night duty, muttering "Hands in the air" in his sleep.
* Egon of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' talks in his sleep, usually about science experiments gone wrong. He has said things like "Sorry I burned down the garage, Mom." and "Don't worry, your hair will grow back."
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': Jake in "Hitman" -
-->'''Jake:''' No Rainicorn, don't eat him...
** In reference to the Offscreen character, Meatman, who often donated parts of his meat body so Jake could make sandwiches. Once Jake wakes up from his dream, he can be seen staring deeply into the sun, promising to never eat Meatman.
** In the same episode, Finn says "Punch, punch, punch!" softly, while doing little sleep-punches.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour,'' [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]] mutters something about him getting together with [[PerkyGoth Gwen]], which is fine, since {{S|talkerWithACrush}}ierra had a "roller-skating accident."
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Baby Cakes", Pumpkin and Pound, the Cake Twins, speak their first word in their sleep. It happens to be Pinkie Pie's name.
** "Sisterhooves Social" opened with Rarity mumbling about pancakes and cider before waking up to the smell of [[LethalChef Sweetie Belle]] incinerating breakfast.
* In WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko, Jeremie and Aelita each had their moments. Aelita's, however, were more in her nightmares than Jeremie's.
* In WesternAnimation/PacManAndTheGhostlyAdventures, when Pac-Man landed on a sleeping Lord Betrayus, Betrayus just rolled over and whimpered "Mommy, Stratos hit me!" and started sucking one of his metal talons.
* The Sniffles WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon "The Unbearable Bear" had a wife bear talking in her sleep ranting about her recalcitrant policeman husband.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "Space Race", Greg talks while sleeping in his van:
-->'''Greg:''' No, don't give him the banana...that's what he wants...
* ''WesternAnimation/DocMcStuffins''
** "Top Lamb" shows that Doc sometimes talks in her sleep.
-->'''Doc [=McStuffins=]''': Diagnosis... checkup...
** In "Toy Hosptial: The Most Impatient Patient," Bronty, a toy brontosaurus, comments "[[AllAnimalsAreDogs I chase a ball]]," in his sleep.
* On ''WesternAnimation/EllaTheElephant'', Belinda sometimes mutters "No more autographs, please" in her sleep.
* Leni from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' was shown having a "fashion nightmare".
-->'''Leni:''' Scrunchies...leg-warmers...SOCKS WITH SANDALS!
** Luan tells jokes in her sleep, which is why she records herself sleeping so she can look for jokes to put in her act.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': "The Clutching Foot" opens with Eustace muttering "Scratch" and "Wool socks" in his sleep as he suffers from a foot fungus.
* On ''Literature/LittlePrincess'', Maid does it in "Maid's Day Off?" while having a nap outside following a picnic by herself. As little woodland animals munch on the remains, she mutters to herself while snoring. Most of it is indecipherable, though "Where are the pigs? can be made out at the end.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* When appearing as a guest/interviewee on Creator/EllenDeGeneres' show, [[Advertising/TheManYourManCouldSmellLike Isaiah Mustafa]] said that his girlfriend teases him for reciting the lines from the Old Spice ads in his sleep.
* Some people have been known to talk in their sleep. This only happens whenever dreams ocurr outside of an REM phase (Yes that is possible), as during those phases the body is paralyzed.
** An example of this actually appeared in the first season of the Australian ''Series/BigBrother'': in the middle of the night, housemate Ben said, "Where's the chicken?" When his fellow housemates responded with "Huh?" he elaborated, "The last chicken?" Upon their further confusion, he insisted, "Chicken! You know..." and started making chicken noises. That's when they realised he was sleep-talking.
* There's a blog called [[http://sleeptalkinman.blogspot.com/ Sleep Talkin' Man]] which is the trope as RealLife as you can get. His wife records him, and very little of what he says makes sense. But is very, very funny.
-->"I'm an advocate for hermit crab politics."
-->"Where is all the neurons are gone? B'doing!"
-->"God judges you. Well, I judge God. This week: not bad! Still messing up in the Middle East, though. Sort it out."
-->"Fucking unicorns. 'Ooh, I've got a horn!' So fucking obnoxious. You're just a horse with a party hat, dickhead."
* The recorded sleep speech of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dion_McGregor Dion McGregor]], tape-recorded by his roommate and released on records and [=CDs=].
* In ''The Making of the Atomic Bomb'', Richard Rhodes mentions a (real life) scientist working on the Manhattan Project who was unable to get cleared for access to more sensitive levels of the project because the scientist (who was married) talked in his sleep.
* One [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/comedy-goldmine/craziness-sleep.php?page=1 comedy goldmine]] at Website/SomethingAwful was a collection of crazy things people have said in their sleep.
* According to Creator/TiffanyGrant the reason her husband, the voice director for ''{{Anime/Noir}}'', knew she could pull off the level of creepy required for [[PlayingAgainstType Altena]] was because she talks in her sleep, and on one occasion told him to "Put it on the table" and then when he asked what to put on the table she answered "The body."