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A 16-year-old female asked:

Sometimes when someone wakes me up i act like i saw a ghost! why is this? what can i do? thank you. :)

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Dr. David Houghton
Specializes in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Parasomnia: Many people have parasomnias, unusual behaviors when they partially awake from sleep. Children often outgrow it. If you're not doing anything dangerous when you get startled, I wouldn't recommend trying to "fix it". If someone needs to wake you up they might start gently to wake you slowly. If the startle response starts causing major problems like injuries, talk to a sleep specialist.

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Last updated Jan 3, 2016

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