- Q How are night terrors treated?
Usually, medications are not used to treat night terrors. But if your episodes of night terror are related to another underlying condition, then treating that condition with medication may provide relief. In rare cases, a doctor will suggest using... Full Answer
- Q What are night terrors?
Night terrors describe instances where you open your eyes, yell, flail your arms, kick, and/or experience fear while you are asleep. You may sleepwalk or sit up in bed during a night terror. Having an episode of night terror is different than having a... Full Answer
- Q What causes night terrors?
It is not clear exactly what causes night terrors, but several factors seem to lead to them. Underlying medical conditions, such as stroke, migraine, seizures, hyperthyroidism, head injuries, and sleep apnea may trigger an instance of night... Full Answer
- Q Do night terrors affect children differently than adults?
Night terrors occur more often in children than in adults. They are most common between the ages of 4-12. Children are less likely than adults to remember anything about the episode in the morning. Often, children outgrow the condition without... Full Answer
- Q How common are night terrors?
Night terrors mainly affect children age 3-7--especially boys between 5 and 7 years old--and much less common after that. Children usually outgrow their night terrors without treatment. However, a small number of people do experience night terrors... Full Answer
- Q Can night terrors be prevented?
There is no sure way to prevent night terrors. Typically, they occur in childhood and are outgrown. But if your night terrors are linked to an underlying condition, such as stress, treating the condition may help prevent more episodes. Similarly,... Full Answer
- Q Are night terrors serious?
Night terrors are not typically serious. They are more common in children than adults, and they usually diminish over time. However, if your sleep is suffering, or if you are hurting yourself or others during episodes of night terrors, see your... Full Answer
- Q Are there alternative treatments for night terrors?
The success of any treatment you use will depend on if you are treating the cause of your night terrors. If your night terrors are caused by stress or anxiety, try practicing relaxation techniques, especially before bedtime. If your episodes are brought... Full Answer
- Q Is there a cure for night terrors?
There is no one cure for night terrors. Effective treatment will depend on the source of your problem. If an underlying condition is causing your night terrors, then treating the condition may end the episodes. In rare cases, your doctor may prescribe... Full Answer