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How do night terrors affect the body?

Night terrors happen when you are asleep, usually during the early stages of sleep. During a night terror, you may move and speak as if you are awake, but you are not. If you are experiencing fear, it is likely that you will sweat and your heart and breathing will race. As long as you do not hurt yourself or others during an episode, or have chronically poor sleep as a result, night terrors are not typically dangerous.

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