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How are night terrors treated?

Night terrors is generally a benign condition that is not treated with medication or otherwise. If there is concern for an underlying condition causing the night terrors, such as sleep apnea or poor sleep habits, then it would be useful to treat the underlying condition.

Generally, treatments do not specifically target night terrors. If your episodes are related to another condition, then treating that condition may provide relief. If they are due to stress, you can try ways of calming yourself before bedtime. If your night terrors are causing you to hurt yourself or others, or if you have chronically disturbed sleep, your doctor may prescribe medication for an uninterrupted night's rest. Otherwise, simply try to make your living quarters safe for sleepwalking.

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