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what's theq difference between nightmares and night terrors?

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Dr. Robert Woods
29 years experience Psychiatry
Distinct Differences: Nightmares, dreams that evoke feelings of fear and horror, are considered normal. Night terrors, evoking feelings of dread or terror are considered a sleep disorder. Nightmares are much more common than night terrors. Subjects can usually recall the content of nightmares but not night terrors. Each occurs at different stages of sleep. Night terrors often cause more physical symptoms.
Answered on May 6, 2016
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