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Dr. Glen Elliott Dr. Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
39 years in practice
Stanford University School of Medicine
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Are night terrors linked to hormone levels?

Are night terrors linked to hormone levels?

Probably not: Night terrors occur most commonly in toddlers, and no association with hormones has been suggested. Onset of night terrors in adults may merit a work-up for hormonal changes such as hyperthyroidism or changes associated with menopause.

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Hormone (Definition)

A hormone (from greek ὁρμή, "impetus") is a chemical released by a cell or a gland in one part of the body that sends out messages that affect cells in other parts of the organism. Only a little amount of hormone is required to alter cell metabolism. In essence, it is a chemical messenger that transports a signal from ...Read more


Dr. Daniel Zanger Dr. Zanger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
29 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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Dr. Eleanor Host Dr. Host
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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Night terrors any tips?

Night terrors any tips?

Triggers: If you can, it may be worth getting a sleep study done, where they hook you up to some monitors and watch you sleep. Night terrors can be triggered by low blood sugar and also low oxygen levels. You can try having a small snack an hour or so before bed, and also try breathe right strips and see if those help at all. Good luck!

Dr. Sarah Helfand Dr. Helfand
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Can you die from night terrors?

Can you die from night terrors?

No.: Night terrors can be scary to parents, since they can be quite dramatic, but it is not harmful to the child.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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What causes night terrors in children?

What causes night terrors in children?

Poor sleep patterns: Night terrors/sleep walking and sleep talking are all forms of a sleep disturbance commonly linked to sleep deficits. A short term (days) or long term period where the kid is not getting enough efficient sleep may set it off. Other factors can contribute to the process. Adding as little as a half hour of sleep/24hrs can sometimes decrease or end the events.

Dr. Kevin Passer Dr. Passer
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
31 years in practice
University of Kansas School of Medicine
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How can night terrors for adults be treated?

How can night terrors for adults be treated?

It Depends: It depends on a few different factors. I treat my patients with such conditions with a low dose of a medication called: nortiptyline. One good thing about nortriptyline it is only $4.00 at walmart. But it isn't for everyone and does have some side-effects. I suggest going to see a physician for a check up to see if there could be any thing else going on. Good luck to you.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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If I'm having night terrors, what could that mean?

If I'm having night terrors, what could that mean?

Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time.

Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Is my child having night terrors if he screams for me at nite?

Is my child having night terrors if he screams for me at nite?

Specific pattern: Calling out for you at night is unlikely to be a night terror. Night terrors are events that occur in deep sleep like sleep walking, and the child has no memory of the event. If you touch a kid in a night terror, they do not awaken but contine for a time & then relax back into sleep if you let them. Touch a kid in a nightmare & they aleart immediately & know you. If they're just lonely they call.

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Dr. Sarah Helfand Dr. Helfand
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio
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Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

Are night terrors linked to endocrine problem?

No.: Children that have endocrine problems may have night terrors, but there is no known association between night terrors and endocrine problems. Night terrors are a parasomnia, like bed wetting, sleep walking, etc.

Dr. Syed H. Sajid Dr. Sajid
Psychiatry
25 years in practice
University of Health Sciences Lahore, Allama Iqbal Medical College
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What treatment is available for night terrors?

What treatment is available for night terrors?

Sleep terrors: Night terrors usually occur in the 3rd phase of non-rem sleep. Treatment may include: 1. To sleep at a regular schedule. 2. Reassurance and additional comfort during the day time. 3. Psychotherapy or counseling can be helpful. 4. Brief use of a benzodiazepine can reduce night terrors.

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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Do doctors see a lot of patients with night terrors?

Estimated 2-3%: Mostly a problem in early childhood, male>female; this sleep disorder has a frequency of about 2-3% in kids. I see it from infants to middle childhood. It has a close association with sleep walking and may present in teens for their first event.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Frances Ilozue Dr. Ilozue
Family Medicine
21 years in practice
Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy
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Can it be normal for a teenage girl to sometimes have night terrors?

Not normal.: Night terrors in most cases are transient and not disruptive, however some cases might require medical attention. Discuss the problem with your child's doctor.

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Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Please explain what do I need to do to get rid of these night terrors?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Please explain what do I need to do to get rid of these night terrors?

Night terrors: There is some evidence that night terrors can result from being overtired, hence creating a bedtime schedule can help. Also, if chronic, waking you up around the time they may occur (first few hours of sleep) can also help. Medications are rarely needed, and one old remedy some still use is valium for short period of time.

Dr. Eric Weisman Dr. Weisman
Neurology
32 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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I was wondering what do I need to do to get rid of these night terrors?

Night terrors?: Nightmares more likely in a 36 year old. Night terrors typically occur for a short period in young children. My starting point would be to dicuss this with a trusted primary caregiver first, .

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Could you explain why do I always have night terrors when I go to sleep?

Could you explain why do I always have night terrors when I go to sleep?

No, I can't tell you: The reason. But this clearly impacts your quality of life. I would encourage you to discuss with your physician. A sleep medicine referral and possibly a polysomnogram (sleep study) may be in order. Take care.

Dr. Ranji Varghese Dr. Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
13 years in practice
UC Irvine School of Medicine
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Is there such a thing as night terrors in adults? If so, is there a treatment?

Is there such a thing as night terrors in adults? If so, is there a treatment?

It can happen: Sleep terrors are period of awakenings described by others as intense. Patients usually yell, scream, look frightened and are unable to be consoled. Almost all cases happen in young children. If you can recall these events they are less likely sleep terrors and probably something else. What that is requires a good assessment and maybe a sleep study if it is causing problems.

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Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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Why do I experience night terrors when I sleep on the inside of my bed next to the wall?

Why do I experience night terrors when I sleep on the inside of my bed next to the wall?

Night terrors can: Occur in adults, but are much more common in children. They are a sleep disorder during which an adult remains asleep while displaying fearful or aggressive behaviors, & later remembers nothing but dream fragments, as opposed to nightmares from which an adult awakens & remembers details. If you have a recurrent sleep disorder, see your doctor for evaluation & possible referral for a sleep study.

Dr. Christine Hom Dr. Hom
Pediatrics
26 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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My 2 yo screams and cries at bedtime to the point of hyperventilating. How do I change this? Gets night terrors occas

My 2 yo screams and cries at bedtime to the point of hyperventilating. How do I change this? Gets night terrors occas

Routine: Help her by having a routine - same time each night, quieting the house, limiting exposure to TV and electronics, possibly a bath and a bedtime story. Set up the expectation that sleep is what happens at that time. Make that your normal, and a safe, calming environment. Good luck and be gentle but firm.

Dr. Christopher Wilson Dr. Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
17 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Can night terrors in adults cause jumping out of bed around the room and strange screaming for about 1 minute? Thank you

Think about: Think about rem sleep behavior disorder and frontal lobe seizures more than night terrors in this age group.

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