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Is there such a thing as night terrors in adults? If so, is there a treatment?
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Dr. Ranji Varghese
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Dr. Ranji Varghese
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Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Sleep terrors more
Common in children but can affect adults.
They usually do not require treatment except to provide comfort/reassurance during episode. If associated with underlying sleep/mental disorder then treat the underlying problem. If stress/anxiety contribute then relaxation therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy may help. Use of medication is rare. Establish a regular, relaxing routine before bedtime.

In brief: Sleep terrors more
Common in children but can affect adults.
They usually do not require treatment except to provide comfort/reassurance during episode. If associated with underlying sleep/mental disorder then treat the underlying problem. If stress/anxiety contribute then relaxation therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy may help. Use of medication is rare. Establish a regular, relaxing routine before bedtime.
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
Dr. Edward Kuhnley
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