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    Don’t panic - there’s no need to fetch the exorcist just yet - night terrors are nothing more sinister than an unusual form of parasomnia, a more well known form of which is sleepwalking. Read more →

    hello my name is Danielle, my parnter is 26 and suffers from night terrors and has done for a while now, first of all when we were together going to sleep the terrors started to calm down and when I wasnt there they got worse, i am always with him now and more often that not he will sleep calmly but then he will have on outbreak where every night is filled with terrors, he bolts straight up in bed, thrashes and sometimes moans or whines in his sleep, I am just wondering if there is anything that can be reccomended to try and make his nights easier when he does have an outbreak as they stress him out and cause him to have no sleep making the terrors worse and it just goes in to a continuious circle sometimes.





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    My sisters 16 year old boyfriend has just moved in with us due to being kicked out of his own home. He has been having night terrors nearly every night. They're not normally so bad... Normally just a bit of incoherent talking, but last night he became very physical. He first had an episode of walking across the room incoherently talking, eventually returning back to his bed. Later in the night (early morning around 5am) he began kicking and shouting (the shouting sounded like a "ruh ruh" sound). When my sister tried to wake him (which normally works and knocks him out of it) he unknowingly went for her. I wouldn't say he attacked as he didn't intentionally hurt her as no punches or kicks were thrown at her, he just pinned her down. Obviously this scared my sister senseless (especially since checking used to suffer from night terrors herself at a younger age). He is an amazing kid and the family love him so we just want to make sure we're there for him... But I think this is probably more serious now then just common sleep walking and talking. As I said before, my sister (and also my brother) used to have night terrors when she was younger (screaming, not recognising my parents, telling me to get out the room, amnesia of the event) and after seeing a therapist/doctor/councillor, she grew out of it (only having the occasional night terror, normally when she is woken too quickly due to loud noises). Is there anything we can do for my sisters boyfriend? He has had problems with his anger in the past but went through anger management and displays no signs of problems with his anger during the day. Is the anger manifesting during the night? Or could it be related due to the fact of being kicked out of home? He is from an unstable home and did suffer from night terrors prior to moving in with us.





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    I've moved in with my girlfriend and am stressed and experiencing night terrors. It's not nice :( I think it's due t stress.

    I am 18 and I have anger issues, they have been dealt with and I have had night terrors for as long as I remember I normally sit up scream and lash out, this is caused by my mixture of anger and stress. This was never originally a problem but I now share a bed with my 17 year old girlfriend, I have also caused her injury by lashing out trying to protect myself from threat or what I presume is one. The best advice I can give is for her to leave the room when he is at a bad stage to prevent herself from harm or fear and to let it pass. He is doing this because of the change in routine and of his family environment/situation it should pass but it will help for him to confront/deal with the issues he is facing.

    Hi I'm 20 and suffer with night terrors I'm not even sure how long for as only past two years have I had a person In bed with me. I only seem to remember the worst terrors and forget the rest which seem almost nightly they make me soo tiered and terrorfy me - I hate going to sleep . My boyfriend has woken up to me strangling him and other aggressive acts- I need them to stop ! Where I'm from there's an 8month waiting list to see any counseller/anger management prof. Etc .. My family has a history with sleeping pill addiction so I don't want to use those which my doctors suggested - he said he didn't know much about terrors. The theme is usually always the same - me being attacked/raped/hurt etc ! Is there any quick action I can take ?





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    I am going through a period of stress and recently have experienced these night terrors. Luckily for my girlfriend I dont lash out but have felt myself fit in my dream and be dragged to the other side of the bed. I feel that the more they happen the more I can actually control them. Is there a direct link between stress and these terrors? Thanks.





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    My son is 4 and last night I heard him scream really loud as if he was frighten well my husband got there before meand he said that my boy was nearly going to jump out of bed I don't know if its a nightmareor night terrors please help





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    I'm 33 and I have had night terrors/sleep paralysis since I was 5. I've had traumatic events spread across my lifetime varying from molestation to rape to many cases of domestic violence. In times of stress my night terrors happen at any time of the night and multiple times a night, up to as many as 20 times. Most of the time, when I wake up from one, I reorient myself to my surroundings, fall back asleep, and within seconds they happen again. The night terrors include being held down, fondled, whispered to, poked and tickled by dark figures, always men. Sometimes it feels like the bed is vibrating and my head is "swooshing" and other times it seems like I'm flipping in mid-air or there is a loud ringing in my ears. Many times I open my eyes and "see" objects floating or feel that an object in the room is causing my night terror. I try to get out of the "dream" because once I know what is happening I attempt to thrash around and roll off the bed, hoping to wake myself up. It feels like I'm literally achieving just that but I finally wake up on the bed gripping the sheets or grabbing at the air. The past year or more I have been free of the night terrors. I attribute this to finding a partner whom I truly trust and feel greatly loved by and safe with. My partner has seen me have the night terrors at the beginning of living together but they gradually went away. Unfortunately, few months ago I was in a car accident with my mom. We both sustained serious injuries, hers are worse than mine but now I stay at her house with my partner to help her with household duties as my mom's back is severely broken. My night terrors are back. This time there are now women whispering and screaming in the distance. (Maybe because my mom cries out in pain several times a day?) My partner over the years learned to wake me as soon as I begin breathing hard/fast in my sleep as this is the only signal I can give that I am having sleep paralysis. After my partner wakes me I end up turning on the lights, sometimes snacking on something, and doing something to distract myself. This can take hours since I'm incredibly susceptible to instant recurrent night terrors. In fact, I just woke up from a 30 minute battle (with the screaming women/vibrating bed). I woke up and searched adult night terrors then found this website. As I read some of the other stories above I almost had to skip parts because I worried they would trigger me since they were frighteningly similar to my problems. I do not wish to take medicine, as holistic approaches to many things have been successful for me. I feel meditation/relaxation techniques in the daytime will help clear my mind since I have not done any meditation since the accident. I will say, I once overcame a severe night terror. I was being held down by dark figures and I refused to be "taken advantage of." So I tried to stand up (in the dream) but had great difficulty. However, I was determined and stood straight up from a lying position with no assistance from my hands or bending of my knees. It was incredibly empowering. I still had night terrors after that but they happened less. This time around, I have been trying to overcome the night terrors but it seems I've lost my touch and end up "giving in" to the fight. I don't really give up but I wake up terrified. That being said: Has anyone else been successful with overcoming night terrors with sheer willpower and without medications? It's a tiresome fight and I need some reassurance.





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    Thanks for posting the above I was sexual abused from 4-15 as far back as I can rember I have been having them since 15 but got control of It for 2 years watched the programme It hit a nerve but I can feel the effects of me hitting myself off the wall feeling trapped.

    The video said that night terrors aren't usually remembered. I always remember exactly what I do and say but I'm not able to convince myself that I'm dreaming. I sit up all night and serve customers, thinking I'm at work and it is so frustrating as all I want to do is sleep!! I get very angry, kicking and yelling. I'm exhausted most of the time as I'm not sleeping hardly at all. Please can someone help me??





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    I'm 45 and have been having trouble sleeping at night for the last 2 weeks. I have never had night terrors before. There's a "spirit man" that visits me just after I fall asleep. Sometimes he touches me causing me to scream out, waking me, and unfortunately my husband too. I'm looking for any remedy to help. Advil doesn't help, I still wake up while taking it. I feel as though I'm walking throughout the day in a fog.





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    Can you please tell me what medication Josh was prescribed for his night terrors.





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    Hi, my nine year old son has had night terrors on and off since he was tiny, but the latest thing is that he gets up during the night and urinates on the carpets. It seems only if he is worried about something and started after we had the bathroom renovated (the door used to lead from his room, now leads from the hallway, so no short cut now). We have tried to encourage him to wee before he goes to bed and cut down his drinks before bed, but nothing seems to work. How can we teach his brain to direct him to the right place?





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    I have been having night terrors since I was a child. I can go for long periods of time without incident. However I notice, in times of stress (exams when I was a student and now work) or when extremely tired from jet lag, my night terrors hit. In fact I judge how stressed I am based on how many night terrors I have. Last night I had three. My partner, although concerned, is also slightly put out by being violently woken up to 3 times a night... It's normally spiders, but sometimes people/animals/insects. i would say the first in the night is a true night terror, then after it becomes almost sleep walking. Last night on my third 'awakening' I moved the bedside table to make room for my spider trap..... And sometimes I remember it, so is it really night terrors? Though I do often have to be told what antics I got up to the night before...... Anyway, is there anyway to stop this?





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    Same scenario for me exactly. I'm 43 though and have been suffering night terrors since teen years (prior to that my family told me I was a sleep walker). But while in the Navy and overseas on a ship they got really bad. So they had me do a sleep study. Unfortunately the occurrence during a study is rare but since I was basically sleeping on the ship in the same room as 60 other people my episodes were well documented. Anyway, had another study done last year (20 years later) and they think it is being triggered by RLS and/or apnea. I tried an RLS med and it worked!!! For one month :-( My belief is it is a chemical imbalance in the brain (dopamine I'm also diagnosed ADD) and the symptoms of fatigue and stress only make it worse. It seems to perpetuate. So, the best thing I can suggest that seems to "help" slow them down is a very strict bed hygiene regiment. Everything from diet, consistent bedtimes, morning excersise, shower before bed, clean comfortable sheets, use of nose strips nightly etc. I even sleep in a separate room than my wife. But at the very least you should have your own blanket.

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    Hi, I'm 19 and i have night terrors too ,but i get them regardless of my emotional state, which is a problem cause i wanna go to the military. When i have the sleep terrors , i often dont remember what happens but when i do its anywhere from seeing a man in my room to spiders or rarely snakes, i dont understand why spiders and/or snakes being that I'm not afraid of them. I believe i have night terrors because of my abusive father hitting me when i was little. I believe that night terrors are a reflection of our fears, and that if we could get past them it will fix the problem, some say like me, that of thats so then why is that i can go to bed happy and still have night terrors? I believe its because even though were happy during those times we're still subconsciensly reminded of our fears which we still havent got past





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    I wouldn't recommend you pursue military, particularly because you already suffer these night terrors. The things most see and experience while enlisted, the daily stresses, deprivation, confinement, not to mention the actual horrors of war, would make your life a constant living hell. Please consider choosing alternatively a profession that makes you happy and fulfilled.

    My daughter started having disturbed sleep which then soon developed into night terrors after starting school. We have had a week of peaceful nights during the half term holidays but now the night terrors have started again every night. I am worried that school is just too stressful for her. Her night terrors occur every night, sometimes twice a night. She cries out and sits up becoming more and more agitated and does not recognise or respond to me. Her teeth chatter violently and she has hot or cold sweats. I have found that hugging her close to my body and rocking her seems to settle her breathing and after about 10 to 15 minutes she is fully asleep again. I will definitely try the dark chocolate (it can't hurt to try!) and will also make a note of the times she has these episodes so that we can possibly wake her in future before the night terrors occur.





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    I am on Clonazepam 0.5mg, One pill an hour before bed time. This has helped me. Night terrors cut from few times a week to once a month. I highly recommend this drug for night terrors. If like me your terrors are severe, injuring yourself and your partner and bedroom furniture then this is what you need.

    I have been suffering from night terrors from the age of 18 and I am now 23 and they seem to be getting out of hand now. I often wake up thinking there is a man in my room staring at me and wanting to hurt me, i scream very loudly, my heart is pumping and i start to shake.Other night terrors are of snakes. Once I wake up a bit more, i go straight back to bed. Sometimes i dont know I am having night terrors as people the next day tell me. its affecting my every day life now as i am exhasuted the next day and i become ratty and moody. I have consulted my doctor and he doesnt know what to do and even asked me what I wanted him to do. I desperatley need help and a decent night sleep. Can anyone help me with any advice please.





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    Hi natalie, i just turned 24 and iv been having night terrors for the past 3 years and they seem to be progressivly getting worse. I hurt myself recently during a night terror and i'm getting as concerned as you seem to be! I was given advice to take anxiolytics such as Xanax to decrease the feeling of panic and high heart rate. I have not taken anything yet, but I am considering it. They won't stop them,but might calm them down.I suffer the same episodes as yourself:people in my room etc. but I find a good old school trick is to leave the light on because when i wake up panicking,I can see my surroundings immediately and its easier to calm down. Hope this helps.

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    I'm 14 years old. I've had extreme night terrors my entire life even as a baby. I wake up screaming, crying, and I've also jumped out of my bed punching something or running down stairs into the living room screaming. I don't know what to do, I've seen a doctor and tried melatonin which helps a little but not much. I get night terrors ranging from every night to once every 2 weeks. I almost never remember what the dream was about. I'm so afraid to fall asleep now because I'm tired of getting night terrors. My friends know if I'm going to have a night terror when I sleep over if I start talking in my sleep or thrashing around or crying silently. What should I do?





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    Hey man i have the same problem to. Im 14 and i get them all the time. I dont remember anything but ive been told that i become very aggresive when in a night terror. A techniuqe i use to stop night terrors is for a couple minuets before bed just calm yourself and breath in and out. Hope i helped man.

    I had my first night terror about a year ago. During my night terrors I tend to feel panic, I'm usually being attacked or followed or lost I feel like I'm awake I can always open my eyes but I am pinned down to my bed and cannot move, I usually try to scream for my partner to wake me up, but I can't make a sound. I always end up having to injure myself in the night terror to jolt myself awake. I have had night terrors twice a month since and I don't know what's caused it or why it's happening. I feel like I haven't slept well since my night terrors started, I'm always tired, stressed, emotional and I get angry very easily, What can I do to stop this???





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    I suffered from Night Terrors when I was about 6-8 years old luckily for me I had only about 2/3 night terrors and then I didnt get them anymore but a few years ago when I was about 12/13 I had one but it wasnt as bad as they were when I was younger, but from what I have gatherd my Night Terrors were triggerd after I looked at my reflection in the mirror. So its been a few years now and im 16 so I think if you have a partner or your a parent who has an affected child look at the little things that might trigger it i.e looking at mirrors, screaming at relfections cause since my last night terror when I was 12/13 I dont look at my relfection at night and so far I havent had a night terror so I hope this helps for people who are either affected or have an affected child or partner





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    I am nearly 21 and I have had night terrors for as long as I can remember, my dad also has them but not nearly as frequent as me, i also have 2 other sisters but they dont have them. I sometimes get 2-3 night terrors in just one night. I also remember them vividly, like last night I woke to a man kneeling beside my bed staring at me, he then told me "dont u dare turn on the light" I quickly turned it on and he vanished. Ive attacked my boyfriend a few times thinking he is about to attack me with a knife or something which is the worst because itsmreally embarrassing and horrible for him. Iv been to the doctors countless of times, tried all different pills to relax me and stop them but tbh I hate taking them because I feel rubbish the next day. There needs to be more research on night terrors to help people like us. Is there anything that has helped anyone?





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    I have had night terrors for most of my adult life iam 52 years old.I have gone throught different stages with these night terrors from seeing snakes,spiders and bugs in my bed to taking all mirrors and any thing which look different in the dark out of the bedroom ,getting up and even runing down the stairs. I have tried moving the bed around but nothing works.I went to the Dr once but he was at a loss I thought i was going mad untill i watched a programe on TV and everything became clear and that i am not alone.Now my night terrors have changed i allways wake up choking and cant breath ,i wake up out of bed in a full blown panic attack this can happen twice a night on bad nights.But im not the only one living this and i feel sorry for my long suffering husband.





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    It is so reassuring to see these comments here. The night terrors happen nearly every night and vary in strength for me - sometimes I can wake up within 15 mins and I just feel confused (I call these "mini terrors".) But I also get horrible terrors, either someone bad is in the room, someone is playing a nasty trick on me, the room's closing in on me... I sit bolt upright in bed or jump out of the bed and scream something. My heart is beating so fast / strong it scares me. My partner has learned that telling me it's just a night terror helps me come out of it quicker. It is HORRIBLE and I am so glad I'm not the only one and not completely crazy. I don't know what to do as I can be really tired the next day and it affects me. I'm a normal person, generally pretty relaxed and happy. I hope someone somewhere is doing reasearch on this condition??! Help! I am 28 year old female and have been getting these night terrors for about 3-4 years, since my mum was diagnosed with alzheimers (so I'm guessing that's the underlying cause my brain is trying to deal with).





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    I have been having night terrors since I was about 18, I am now 26 and I still suffer with them I would say I have about 2 a month. But this week I have had 2 so far, I am not sure why they happen with me I guess it could be stress. Is medication available over the counter? My daughter is now 2 1/2 and I'm sure she is having night terrors too, I just hope she grows out of them.





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    I have three sons the older one had night terrors The younger one is now having night terrors Both always have a high temperature when having them Anyone else similar





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    I have always suffered with what I now believe to be night terrors, my partner says there happening almost every night and I can range from me sitting up scared, getting up in a panic to actually jumping out of bed and running around and smacking things, and the few i do remember always relate to spiders, I am increasingly worried im going to harm myself or him and I know I scare him..iv been to docs once and he didnt have a clue what night terrors was, he just suggested sleeping tablets..I dont know what else to do.





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    It's really sobering to read this and to see how many people are struggling with night terrors without much help. My son, now 20, has had extreme night terrors since birth. It's very distressing. It's horrible for him because sleeping at friends' places and with his girlfriend means everyone witnesses it. The doctor says 'he will grow out of it'. It seems amazing that in this day and age that's all anyone can say. My son is afraid to go to university; afraid to go camping etc. because he transforms at night.





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    I get night terrors too. We call them Spiderbees- just a silly name. Aren't we a crazy bunch of sleep hooligans! A sleep psychiatrist told me that it is a glitch in the REM part of the sleep cycle. He told me to wake myself up 30 min after falling asleep every night for about 6-8 weeks. This is to try to reprogram the brain, and he believed it would stop the terrors. I didn't do it for long, however, as I couldn't get back to sleep easily after waking myself. But maybe someone might like to try it. I do certainly believe that our underlying anxieties influence what we "see" during a night terror (the psychiatrist called these illusions, not hallucinations, ie, what we are seeing is based on something already in the room). My night terrors are mainly associated with the little bits of light in the room, and always involve something or someone trying to get into the room, and me trying to catch them out.





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    I have had night terrors for years as well, and similar to you I have "half wake/dream" experiences and know it's happening. You say you don't have night terrors when you sleep during the day, and perhaps subconsciously you feel "safe" then. Having them more than once a night is unusual - my feeling is that you are increasingly stressed because you have so many night terrors, and worrying about this brings on more stress. And so on. I suggest sleeping by yourself if you can, keeping your bedroom cool, and wearing light clothing in bed (overheating makes it worse), turning on a dim light when it happens, and willing yourself to calm down after it has happened (to get your heart rate down). If there is any other source of stress see if that can be eliminated. In my experience it happens mostly when I'm stressed or overtired (and one often brings on the other). Going for a walk before bed helps sometimes too. Hope this helps - best of luck.

    Yo!Im 14 and I been suffering from night terrors since I was little.It been 14 years now and my parent are worried that I dont have that much sleep cuase in the morning Im always tired.It embarassing becuase when Im sleeping on a flight Im afraid that people will think Im weird. (Once my sister told me about how she use to spend hours during the night time talking to me becuase she did knew that I suffered from night terrors so at least Im not the only one embarassed. LOL)





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    I'm 20 years old, I have been suffering from night terrors ever since I can remember. I hardly ever remember my terrors, but get told by family members/friends that I have been screaming, shouting and hitting things in my sleep. When I wake up I am sweating and shaking uncontrollably, I also wake up sobbing sometimes but not crying, I don't know if anyone else gets this? I haven't been to my doctor yet as I didn't realise there was anything they could do, but I am seriously considering it as I am constantly injuring myself during the night, to the extent that I actually have scars. When I have these night terrors I am too scared to sleep afterwards and feel very tired and achey the next day, I have had to take time off work in the past because I have been too tired to go in, but I feel like I can't tell my employers why I'm 'sick'.





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    I am a researcher at Stanford University and I am working with a team to find a treatment for night terrors in children. As you may have seen, there is not too much clinical research on the causes and effects of night terrors. My team is conducting an investigational study for a new treatment option at the Stanford Sleep Clinic. We are recruiting patients in northern California for our study and we are also conducting a survey to try and gather more information from parents of affected children. If you think your child is experiencing night terrors, please visit www.caydian.com and help us learn more about the condition. Thanks for your help.





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