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Doctor insights on: Night Terror Vs Nightmare Adults

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is a night terror vs a panic attack?

What is a night terror vs a panic attack?

Very Different: Night terrors are episodes of suddenly crying out during the deep stages of sleep. A person is not awake during these episodes, and usually has little recollection of them. They occur most often in childhood and often go away over time. Panic attacks are sudden episodes of intense fear and anxiety while a person is awake. They can occur in children and adoloscents, but are more common in adults. ...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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Night terrors look horrific. Are they haunted or mentally ill?

Night terrors look horrific. Are they haunted or mentally ill?

They are common: Night terrors are common and most all kids grow out of them. They usually occur before midnight, whereas night mares occur after midnight. They do seem horrific but often the child doesn't remember having one. The main thing is just to make sure the child doesn't accidently become injured during the spell. For severe cases, I have given low dose of nortriptyline liquid, like 2.5-5 mg at bedtime. ...Read more

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Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Can stress induce night terrors and seizure-like event in an adult?

Yes: Stress has many effects upon the body. I don't know if it applies to you, but people who have seizure-like events which are not epilepsy, but due to various stresses and life events, have a very high incidence of prior abuse, sadly. Often it's a combination of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. ...Read more

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How can you dstinguish between a night terror and a nightmare in adults?

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How can you dstinguish between a night terror and a nightmare in adults?

Nightmare: Unpleasant dream that can cause strong negative emotions such as fear/horror/sadness/despair/anxiety. It usually awakens the dreamer in a state of distress. Can be caused by physical issues such as fever or opiates for pain , or by psychological issues such as stress/anxiety. Night terror is more severe & causes more distress. ...Read more

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Mom has Alzheimer's, doesn't sleep at night (sleeps often during day).She takes escitalopram in the morning,can we use valerian root capsule at night?

Mom has Alzheimer's, doesn't sleep at night (sleeps often during day).She takes escitalopram in the morning,can we use valerian root capsule at night?

Maybe . . .: But before trying valerian root (http://www.drugs.com/mtm/valerian-root.html), why not try switching her Lexapro (escitalopram) to nighttime dosing. Different people react differently such that some feel sleepy while others complain of insomnia, all as a result of the same medication! Check http://www.drugs.com/mtm/escitalopram.html for more info. More daytime activity such as exercise might help. ...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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What can I do about my nightmares and night terrors?

What can I do about my nightmares and night terrors?

Therapy: Therapy can help learn to deal with past trauma. Some antidepressant meds and some blood pressure meds can help with night terrors which are different from nightmares. People don't recall night terrors which occur in a different phase of sleep. See a psychiatrist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Night Terrors (Definition)

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