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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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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