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Doctor insights on: Child Night Terrors Vs Nightmares

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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. ...Read more

Nightmares (Definition)

Also known as "dream anxiety disorder," this is a condition characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes his or her life or personal safety, occur during the ...Read more


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4 yr old had sleep study that showed decreased REM sleep &frequent wakings &arousals (7.5 per/hr).She also snores, sleep talks &walks, wets bed.Causes?

4 yr old had sleep study that showed decreased REM sleep &frequent wakings &arousals (7.5 per/hr).She also snores, sleep talks &walks, wets bed.Causes?

Sleep disorder: Although there is an entity called central sleep apnea (central nervous system, brain) the most common cause of a sleep disorder in a 4 year old is hypertrophy (enlargement) of the tonsils and adenoids. Removal of these structures in the upper airway almost always results in a cure of these symptom. ...Read more

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Does every child who has sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness?

Does every child who has sleep apnea experience daytime sleepiness?

The severity of: Sleep apnea would impact how much daytime sleepiness there was. This article 'symptoms of sleep apnea in children' will help to answer your questions. http://pediatrics.about.com/cs/sleep/a/sleep_apnea.htm. ...Read more

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9m old baby boy.has very disturbed sleep at night.rarely gasps in sleep.wife thinks he is crying in sleep.what could be reasons for gasping?

9m old baby boy.has very disturbed sleep at night.rarely gasps in sleep.wife thinks he is crying in sleep.what could be reasons for gasping?

Needs further eval: Any infant with those concerns requires an in-person consults including a thorough physical exam. "Gasping" may invoke a range of problems non of which should be ignored. The more common possibilities include silent episodes of reflux, nasal congestion/obstruction, enlarged adenoids e.g obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and more serious concerns that involve the sleep centers of the brain ...Read more

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How common are night terrors as a child?

How common are night terrors as a child?

Fairly common: Night terrors are common deep sleep phenomena that are developmentally normal and can occur between 1-3 years of age. ...Read more

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Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Sleep disorder? Struggle to stay awake after 6 pm and keep nodding off drooling. Wake up at 3:30/4am wide awake x1year. Ruining social life. Why?

Not sure why: You fall asleep at 6 pm because you get up at 304 am. You would benefit form seeing your doc and or a sleep specialist. You may have food allergies. I would also consult an acupuncturist. You are clearly imbalanced and they offer a whole other dimension of care that is very helpful. ...Read more

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8 yr old boy. Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper. Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos. What is next step to help him? Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

8 yr old boy.  Bedwetting, periodic night terrors, deep sleeper.  Catheterized as toddler in er. On 1/2-1 ddavp (desmopressin) .2 nightly for 2 mos.  What is next step to help him?  Long trm effects of ddavp (desmopressin)?

Nocturnal enuresis: Sounds like enuresis is nocturnal only. Is he a dysfunctional voider? Is he constipated? You should consult with a pediatric urologist. Somtimes anti-cholinergic agents help. Ddavp used long term really have not much effect. It is a hormone secreted naturally by kidneys to concentrate urine. ...Read more

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Suicidal thoughts before going to bed at night, and nightmares during the night + insomia. Is this normal?

Suicidal thoughts before going to bed at night, and nightmares during the night + insomia. Is this normal?

No, it sounds like : a continuum of depression & anxiety. See your primary physician & your neurologist who takes care of your epilepsy. Above all, call your local suicide hotline if this recurs, found on http://www.suicide.org/hotlines/international/canada-suicide-hotlines.html. Your medical doctors will refer you to appropriate mental health providers. Please seek help now & stay safe. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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What's theq difference between nightmares and night terrors?

What's theq difference between nightmares and night terrors?

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. ...Read more

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What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

What stage of sleep is associated with night terrors?

Initial Stages: Typically, night terrors are associated with the earlier phases if sleep and commonly occur before midnight. That is in contrast to night mares, which are associated with later stages of sleep and with rem sleep. Night mares more commonly occur after midnight, although there are exceptions. While an unpleasant nuisance, both night terrors and night mares are normal. Most kids "grow out of" them. ...Read more

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How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day

How many hours of sleep per 24hr does an elderly person need? 92 walks. Makes many loud breathing  sounds at night but asleep; cat naps during the day

She sleeps whenever: The amount of sleep may not change but habbit of sleep will over time. When young, u have to work and have other responsibilties to accomplish during day, thus needing to sleep at night. At 92, she does not have to get up early, so sleeps whenever she wants, naps whenever convenient. As long as she feels well and active when up, she is fine. She got to 92! she sleeps when she needs it! :-)). ...Read more

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Are night terrors and lip smacking related to epilepsy?

Are night terrors and lip smacking related to epilepsy?

Possibly: If the night terrors are not remembered, they could be related to seizure activity. Lip smaking is not uncommon during sleep but could be related to seizure activity as well. Usually during sleep seizure activity, there is movement and posturing of one side of the body. ...Read more

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One night couldn't sleep,thats normal.The other night sleep was must,couldn't sleep,just a 2 hour fragile nap.Constant thought,fear of sleepless inso?

One night couldn't sleep,thats normal.The other night sleep was must,couldn't sleep,just a 2 hour fragile nap.Constant thought,fear of sleepless inso?

Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more

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My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams vivid, safe?

My insomnia is caused by mania at night, which started at age 3 wasn't treated till adult, trazadone, klonopin, seroquel (quetiapine) 4 sleep dreams  vivid, safe?

Maybe: If your insomnia is the product of a mania from bipolar disorder, then the medication combination you list is appropriate. However, if you are still having vivid dreams on that combination you need to talk to your doctor about tweaking it. In my experience, vivid dreams can be either a side effect of trazodone or from continued mood problem (i.e. Mania). ...Read more

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When does a child start to dream? And at what age do nightmares or night terrors begin?

Before birth: Rem (rapid eye movement) sleep, the stage of sleep when most dreaming takes place, is present before birth, and at birth comprises about half the sleep cycle, declining gradually to about 25% into teenage and adulthood. Nightmares occur during rem sleep, but night terrors occur during deep non-rem sleep. Both can start during infancy. ...Read more

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Bad Dreams (Definition)

Bad dreams is a symptom in which a person remembers dreams that are stressful to him, such as scary dreams, dreams of getting chased by attackers, dreams of suffering ...Read more


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Night Terrors (Definition)

Night terrors = parasomnia in which a person experiences extreme fear during sleep & ...Read more