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Night terrors while awake, what should I do?

Night terrors while awake, what should I do?

Impossible: The definition of clinical night terrors requires that the individual be asleep. ...Read more

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Night Terrors (Definition)

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


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My 4yo had a night terror but he was wide awake This happened at school and I didn't witness it.?

My 4yo had a night terror but he was wide awake This happened at school and I didn't witness it.?

Doesn't make sense: Night Terrors occur in a deep sleep state like sleepwalking. They may appear awake, but do not remember the event, so this is not a valid label. Kids remember nightmares and can awaken very startled with them. The cause and treatment for each is different. ...Read more

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Woke up with a migraine. Took meds. Went back to sleep. Woke up after a 4 hour night terror. Had a hard time coming fully awake and tingled all day?

Woke up with a migraine. Took meds. Went back to sleep. Woke up after a 4 hour night terror. Had a hard time coming fully awake and tingled all day?

Migraine: F of unknown age and medical history. Noes Woke up with a migraine. took meds. Went back to sleep. woke up after a 4 hour night terror. Had a hard time coming fully awake and tingled all day? ANS: If this is unusual for you go to walk in clinic now. Especially if on birth control pills. Can be stroke warning. Let us know what they think. ...Read more

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Having sleep paralysis and night terrors when I wake up in the morning and having hallucinations while awake. What can help treat this?

Having sleep paralysis and night terrors when I wake up in the morning and having hallucinations while awake. What can help treat this?

Need sleep eval: Please see a sleep disorders specialist to rule out physical and sleep related causes. One specializing in neurology or psychiatry would be best qualified to sort this out. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can't sleep cause every time I drift off, I get a night terror and am awake again. Arms also go numb. Psych appt next week. What can I do till then?

Can't sleep cause every time I drift off, I get a night terror and am awake again. Arms also go numb. Psych appt next week. What can I do till then?

Lifestyle changes: Find ways to reduce stress and avoid stressful situations. Make sure you get enough rest. Healthy eating and light exercise even walking. Establish and stick to a bedtime routine and do not stay up too late ...Read more

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What is a night terror?

Called a parasomnia: Night terrors take place in deep sleep but are not in the dream phase of sleep. The person having them is really not awake and they go away spontaneously. The person usually has no recollection of them. They usually stop in childhood and are uncommon in adult life. If they suddenly appear in adulthood, I would recommend seeing your doctor to look for other sleep issue. ...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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How can I treat night terrors?

How can I treat night terrors?

Night terrors: Sleep terrors typically resolve on their own prior to the child reaching adolescence. Triggers to be minimized or avoided include acute stress, sleep deprivation, and certain medications, including sedatives, stimulants, neuroleptics, and antihistamines. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How can you control night terrors?

Not Easy: Night terrors are related to the deepest stages of sleep and most commonly occur in the preschool and early elementary school age range. They tend to be age related and usually disappear over time. They are not usually treated with medication, but occasionally antidepressant medicines will provide some benefit. They are not consistently helpful. Night terrors present no long term health risk. ...Read more

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What can be done for night terrors?

It depends: There are medications that can be quite effective for helping treat sleep terrors. However, it is best to get evaluted by a qualified sleep specialist to determine the exact nature oof your problem. ...Read more

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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

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Tell me about cures for night terrors.?

People outgrow it: Usually children with night terrors outgrow it, like sleep wallking it is an interruption in the usual sleep cycle and as the child matures so does there sleep cycles. In the meantime parent sshould be calm themselves and calm toward the child. Do not try to wake the child, the child will be confused and will not remember the event even if you do wake them up. ...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 to do when a baby have night terror?

What to do when a baby have night terror?

Night Terrors: Night terrors are a common form of sleep disturbance in young children. Unlike a nightmare when a child wakes up, a child experiencing a night terror may cry and cannot be consoled. There is no need to wake up a child experiencing a night terror. More about night terrors:
http://kidshealth. Org/en/parents/terrors. Html ...Read more

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How can you wake someone from night terror?

You shouldn't: They will go away spontaneously and the person usually has no recollection of the event...They are acutally asleep. ...Read more

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Can I tell me how I can stop night terrors?

Can I tell me how I can stop 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my night terrors go away?

Night terrors: The peak prevalence of night terrors occurs at age five to seven years. Night terrors typically resolve prior to adolescence. I would recommend avoiding or minimizing the intensity of triggers, such as acute stress and sleep deprivation, as well as certain medications including stimulants, neuroleptics (medications that work on the mind), sedatives, and antihistamines. ...Read more

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Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Is it bad to wake a baby having night terrors?

Yes: True night terrors will self limit in minutes (up to 15) & the kid will never remember the event. They will be frightened if a scared looking parent wakens them for no apparent reason. Nightmares tend to occur early in the morning & the kid will awaken as soon as the sense a light touch on their skin. If it takes more than that, let them be. ...Read more

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Do symptoms like night terrors go away quickly?

Symptoms?: Night terrors are a diagnosis and not symptom. The hard answer is to find out why they are present. In young children with lots of n3/delta sleep, that can be pretty common. In adults, if persistent, this can be due to lots of things (lack of sleep, other sleep disorder or medications). ...Read more

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What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

What can be done for an adult with night terrors?

Confirm Diagnosis: I don't know the background, but it would first be important to make sure that this really is a case of night terrors. Problems with night terrors are much more likely to occur in early childhood and are relatively rare in adults. If in fact night terrors are occurring, antidepressant medications are sometimes helpful. It would also be important to pay attention to good sleep hygiene. ...Read more

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

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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. ...Read more

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Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Are some kids more prone to getting night terrors?

Yes: There is genetic component to night terrors and also certain ages you will have more of the sleep where night terrors are common. ...Read more

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What are the causes of night terrors in teenagers?

What are the causes of night terrors in teenagers?

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

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What must I do if my child has night terrors often?

What must I do if my child has night terrors often?

More sleep: Night terrors, sleep walking & sleep talking are events that tend to occur more in kids that have sleep deficits. Kids with poor sleep habits, irregular evening routines or who fight to stay awake are more likely to have these events. Developing a good evening routine & adequate nap time will often see this problem fade away. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop having extreme night terrors?

Many answers: You may be experiencing panic attacks, and could be of value to track down etiology. Many medications can help, such as xanax, (alprazolam) but you would be best served by having your doctor evaluate all of this and designing a treatment program. Success is readily available with appropriate interventions. ...Read more

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Help! What does it mean if I'm having night terrors?

Night Terrors?: It means you are 30 years younger than you stated. Night terrors are self limiting and occur in young chidren. Nightmares are more likely. Thereare lots of reasons for nightmares. Probaby being anxious about something is the most common cause, . ...Read more

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Please help, I've been having night terrors nonstop?

Night terrors: Please see the accompanying article on night terrors. Treatments consist of psychotherapy and occasionally medications, especially klonopin (clonazepam). The article is an excellent review of night terrors in adults.
Sleep.Lovetoknow. Com/night_terrors_in_adults
includes: night terror episodes, causes of night terrors in adults, diagnosing night terrors, and treating night terrors. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Night terrors?

Night terrors: Night terrors = parasomnia in which a person experiences extreme fear during sleep & may flail or scream. ...Read more

Terror (Definition)

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