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Night Terrors Symptoms, Remedies and Causes

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What is Night Terrors? Definition
What is Night Terrors? The Definition of Night Terrors: Night Terrors is also known as a sleep terror or pavor nocturnus characterized by sudden awakenings from a bad dream with associated screaming in terror and confusion. Night terrors usually occur fifteen minutes to one hour after going to sleep and most often occur in young children aged between 3 and 5, however adults can also suffer from night terrors.

Nightmares are different from night terrors, which are extreme panic attacks during non-REM sleep.

Alternative Names for Night Terrors?
Other names or references to Night Terrors include:

  • Pavor nocturnus

Night Terrors Symptoms
What are the symptoms of Night Terrors? What are the effects? The symptoms of Night Terrors include the following:

  • Sudden awakening from sleep
  • A child may still be asleep, but their eyes are open
  • Persistent terror or fear that occurs at night
  • Screaming, sweating, confusion and rapid heart rate
  • Sufferers see spiders, snakes, animals or people in the room
  • Are unable to wake up fully awake
  • Duration: 5 - 20 minutes
  • Difficult to comfort
  • No memory of the event the next day

Night Terrors Causes
What are the causes of Night Terrors? The causes of this sleeping disorders may include the following:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Hereditary
  • High fever

Night Terrors Treatment / Remedies / Medication / Cures
What is used as a treatment, remedy, cure or medication for Night Terrors? The following info is not a substitute for a medical assessment or diagnostic procedure, but serves as a useful guide to help focus future discussions. The Treatment / Remedies / Medication may include the following:

  • Klonopin
  • Tofranil
  • Valium
  • St. Johns Wort
  • Anti-depressants such as tricyclics and serotonin are often prescribed

The sole purpose of the article on a sleep disorder such as Night Terrors is to act as a reference guide to provide useful information regarding sleeping problems. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat Night Terrors or as a substitute for obtaining professional medical advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your health please consult your medical practitioner immediately.

This information regarding sleep and sleeping disorders is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Dream disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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