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A night terror, also known as a sleep terror or pavor nocturnus, is a parasomnia disorder that predominantly affects children, causing feelings of terror or dread. Night terrors should not be confused with nightmares, which are bad dreams that cause the feeling of horror or fear. One in six children have at least one night terror in their life but have no memory of the occurrence.
Children who have night terrors are usually described as 'bolting upright' with their eyes wide open, and a look of fear and panic. They will often scream. Further, they will usually sweat, breathe fast and have a rapid heart rate (autonomic signs). Although it seems like children are awake during a night terror, they will appear confused, be inconsolable, and will not recognize others. Strong evidence has shown that a predisposition to night terrors and other parasomniac disorders can be passed genetically. Though there are a multitude of triggers, emotional stress during the previous day and a high fever are thought to precipitate most episodes
Symptoms of PTSD fall into three main categories:
1. "Reliving" the event, which disturbs day-to-day activity
• Flashback episodes, where the event seems to be happening again and again
• Repeated upsetting memories of the event
• Repeated nightmares of the event
• Strong, uncomfortable reactions to situations that remind you of the event
• Emotional "numbing," or feeling as though you don't care about anything
• Feeling detached
• Being unable to remember important aspects of the trauma
• Having a lack of interest in normal activities
• Showing less of your moods
• Avoiding places, people, or thoughts that remind you of the event
• Feeling like you have no future
• Difficulty concentrating
• Startling easily
• Having an exaggerated response to things that startle you
• Feeling more aware (hypervigilance)
• Feeling irritable or having outbursts of anger
• Having trouble falling or staying asleep
Originally posted by Serizawa
reply to post by KicknAndScreamin
Very interesting, I make short lists and post them......Not gonna go into real details about the dreams when I have them. Yesterdays events included:
*Knocking sounds from around the house
*Footsteps and noises from inside my room
*The feeling of being watched and an occasional shadow, (Corner of my eye)
*Shadow approaches bed and I can make out a silhouette, Long jacket/Detective type hat
*Dreaming of losing people
*Cold sweats, Not frightened by anything happening except the dream
*Feeling confused and helpless
*Feeling something knock me/Feeling something lie down beside me and elbow me
*Hear voices in my head from time to time and thoughts racing
*Wanting to open up my curtains and looking outside (Don't know why, Wanted to make sure everything is normal)
*waking up and punching the wall due to the stress these events bring
*Wanting to scream out and do something else other than try and sleep
Originally posted by Attrei
My wife experienced night terrors from the time she was very young till a few months after we got married. We use a dream catcher with a hematite stone woven into it to help her. She still has nightmares, but not night terrors.
Originally posted by stellify
This could signal spiritual oppression or the first stage of possession.
Determine, define and cleanse your sleeping space.
Make it yours. Command your space. Make the rules. It is grinding you down and ruling you.
It will continue to do this unless you take control of the situation and ensure it's not welcome.