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What increases my risk for night terrors?

Children are at a higher risk for night terrors than adults are, though anyone can experience them. Your risk may also be increased if you have family members who have had night terrors. People with certain underlying conditions are also at greater risk. These conditions include migraine, stroke, seizures, hyperthyroidism, head injuries, and sleep apnea, and certain mental disorders. Being anxious, sleeping in a new place, or taking certain medications, drugs, or alcohol may also increase your risk.

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What do I need to know about caring for someone with night terrors?
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How are night terrors treated?
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What are the symptoms of night terrors?
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Can night terrors be prevented?
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