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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Night Terrors (Overview)

Night terrors is a sleep condition that most often occurs in kids 3 to 12 years of age. Kids will often wake up suddenly terrified, screaming, and exhibiting signs of fight or flight such as rapid heart beat and sweating. Night terrors are different than nightmares or bad dreams in that night terrors are not dreams (which by definition occur in REM sleep) and kids will not remember them the next day.


Dr. Heidi Fowler
61 doctors shared insights

Night Terrors (Overview)

Night terrors is a sleep condition that most often occurs in kids 3 to 12 years of age. Kids will often wake up suddenly terrified, screaming, and exhibiting signs of fight or flight such as rapid heart beat and sweating. Night terrors are different than nightmares or bad dreams in that night terrors are not dreams (which by definition occur in REM sleep) and kids will not remember them the next day.


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Help! what does it mean if i'm having night terrors?

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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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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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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What treatment is available for night terrors?

What treatment is available for night terrors?

Child will grow out: Unfortunately there is no particular treatment for night terrors, children usually grow out of it. It occurs in about six % of children between ages 3 to 12. Sleep hygiene, comfort of the child during the day should help. Parents of the child end suffering with sleep disturbance. Keep faith your child will grow out of it. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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, . ...Read more

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I have had very bad night terrors lately. What can be triggering them? And how do I make them stop?

Sleep Study: I don't know what is causing your night terrors. However, would recommend evaluation by a sleep specialist and a polysomnogram (sleep study). Without a sleep study, the medical provlder would be guessing about what is really going on. ...Read more

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What do I do to prevent night terrors?

Night Terror?: Talk with u physician about it and he can give u medication or refer u to another physician ...Read more

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Terror (Definition)

Terror is a feeling of extreme fear. Terror can occur with ...Read more