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Are night terrors a sleep disorder?

Night terrors are a sleep disorder 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 nightmare. While you may wake up during a nightmare, you remain asleep during a night terror. In the morning, you are more likely to recall a nightmare than a night terror. Night terrors are most likely to occur in childhood and typically go away without treatment. The episodes usually last for a few minutes.

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Is there a cure for night terrors?
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How do other illnesses affect night terrors?
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What are the symptoms of night terrors?
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