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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 doctor. It is possible that a serious underlying condition such as sleep apnea may be affecting you.

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What increases my risk for night terrors?
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Children are at a higher risk for night terrors than adults are, though anyone can experience them. ...
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Are night terrors a sleep disorder?
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Night terrors are a sleep disorder where you open your eyes, yell, flail your arms, kick, and/or exp...
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How are night terrors diagnosed?
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You may remember having night terrors, but probably not. If you live with other people, they will pr...
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How can I prevent my child's night terrors?
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Because night terrors generally occur around the same time every night, wake your child up about 1...
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