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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Night Terrors (Definition)

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

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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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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What should I do about bad memories and night terrors?

What should I do about bad memories 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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Every so often I get night terrors and I don't know what to do about them. Any helpful ideas?

Every so often I get night terrors and I don't know what to do about them. Any helpful ideas?

Sleep entry disorder: If you look at normal sleep entry as a gliding flight path of a plane landing, the night terror tends occur more when you have a crash landing. If you are not getting enough sleep, your sleep deficit adds up & night terrors are more likely. This is similar to sleep walking or sleep talking. Power naps or other methods to respect your individual sleep needs must be followed to avoid this problem. ...Read more

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I'm 17 and female I had a panic attack 3 weeks ago and I have been anxious about it and I have been feeling DP! And night terrors what's going on?!

I'm 17 and female I had a panic attack 3 weeks ago and I have been anxious about it and I have been feeling DP! And night terrors what's going on?!

Find a therapist: Before you go any further into self-diagnosis, get a real evaluation. Your part is to provide accurate, honest answers to an experienced therapist. They will consider the probable conditions and offer a treatment plan. Hopefully, it will not merely be a pill. It may include that, but it is best for you to learn how to manage your life and understand yourself. It can get better w/ help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have night terrors now due to waking up on the table and also nerve damage is there anything I can do about this!?

What to do if I have night terrors now due to waking up on the table and also nerve damage is there anything I can do about this!?

Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral. ...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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Dr. Louis Gallia
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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


Terror (Definition)

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