Night terrors or sleep terrors are most commonly found in kids between the ages of 4 years to 12 years old. They can involve:
-sitting up in bed
-thrashing about or flailing
-being difficult to wake up
-a wide-eyed stare
-sweating, heavy breathing, and fast heartbeat
unlike a nightmare, the children
typically have no memory
of the episode. The good news is that most kids grow out of it by the time they hit adolescence.
Here are a few tips to help him (and you!) cope with the current situation:
-if he's sleepwalking
or getting up, make the environment safe (close doors, hide electrical cords, lock windows, etc.
-try to have him get more sleep since fatigue can make sleep terrors worse
-establish a regular, quiet, calming routine before bed
-see if anything is stressing your child out and talk about it - stress
can make sleep terrors worse
-look for a pattern - if he's getting up at the same time every night, try waking him up 15 minutes before the episode to break the pattern
if the terrors are worsening, becoming more frequent, are effecting his and your ability to function during the day, or if you think he could be a danger to himself, contact his doctor.
Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.