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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 →

    iam 54 and just started sleepwalking, makeing sandwiches is funny but walking into my bedroom door isnt ! i woke the next morning to the biggest blackeye and a lump on my eyebrow, i live on my own,this is very frighting,my dr has told me to take kalms but have still walked please help





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    im 44 been sleepwalking for 17 years or more.only no i have done it when my kids tell me or over people i also wake up with injures, woke up ones fell down the stairs unconscious, bruises and cuts, i have threatened to knife some one twice!! , i have been to the doctors and the doctor turned round and said 'what do you expect me to do about it' and i had ran out of time to go back another time! is there any chance you can help me ??





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    Hello, my name is Cristina I'm 31 years old and I've been having this condition all my life... Very rare I pass a night without terror, sleepwalking, sleep talking... This thing is eating me alive! I am so tired all the time! I recently got married and it's ruining my marriage. Nothing works for me, I've tried pills, herbs, meditation etc. I will try the dark chocolate thing, I really hope it will work on me.





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    Exactly what your saying is what I experience, the only way I can describe what I feel is waking up during a panic attack!! An intense fear, pounding heart, shaking, sweating and shouting out to who ever is in my room or so I think!! It's always someone that is trying to climb through my window, it's not every night it happens. It seems to be a cycle, I'll be ok for a few weeks then it effects me every night!! I feel silly telling people what it is cos it's a common misconception that it only happens in children!!

    Clonazepam 0.5mg, one pill one hour before bed. Try it, it helps.

    I sometimes have faint memories of floating/falling down the stairs while completeing a task (this only happens when im ill, usually i just sleep walk or feel tired without recalling what happened (others have to tell me ive sleepwalked or spoken in my sleep). now its starting to get scary though - i blocked my door but im still seen sleepwalking and ive started to find scratches, bruises etc. with only a faint memory of it happening.

    Sorry I forgot to mention that with my 6yr old finding it hard to switch off an relax enough to fall asleep he also has regular night terrors an has now started sleepwalking is this normal for dyspraxia as his night terrors scare the life out of me coz he sits up eyes wide open an screams as he's looking straight through me I find it very stressfull an his dad can calm him down eventualy an he cor remember a thing the next morning WE WOULD BE GRATEFULL FOR ANY INFO XX





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    While I have not yet been confirmed for dyspraxia (undergoing assessment currently and I half about 4/5s of the symptoms), at 17 I experience almost nightly, horrific nightmares and it takes me up to 5 hours in bed before I go to sleep. Also had night terrors exactly as described above up until puberty, then they eventually became less and less common. Now just ordinary bad dreams. Dyspraxia is nasty from a first-person point of view because you can tell what you're doing wrong, and often know how to correct it, but are still unable to. Constant feeling of inadequacy no matter how hard I try at something. Frustrating to say the least.

    Just wandering if anyone knows if doctors could offer medication for nightmares/terrors, my 9year old son has Dyspraxia, and is getting more and more of these night terrors as time goes on. Alot of his involves friends/family dying, another was him screaming because he did not want to die, when he was older. These nightmares are really becoming more regular, and he is in bits with them, Ive never seen him so upset. Advice please?

    Hey, reading these other comments sounds quite similar to what I've been experiencing. I've always had nightmares and night terrors since I was a child, with sleepwalking and talking etc. But now I'm 23 I can have them several times a night or just once or twice a week. I never have a night where I do nothing! Sometimes I remember what it was that I was hallucinating/dreaming about but not always. It's usually a shadowy person in my room or on the bed, sometimes various creatures. Either way it's absolutely terrifying and my screams wake the entire family - especially my poor partner! I can be quite violent too... It's so embarrassing having to tell people if I stay with friends that it may happen. I'm not entirely sure where to go with this now, but I'm really sick of being scared to go to sleep!





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    Hi, I'm 24 years old and also suffer night terrors. I've had them for about 4 years now. At first the hallucinations were just shadows moving and now they have developed into actual spiders on my wall or in my bed or people, animals, weird creatures in my room. I have at least one a night or up to four/five times a night. Sometimes its just jumping out of bed and other times I'm screaming and yelling for help. I always wake up from the dreams so confused and frighten. It really does suck having to tell people when staying over that this might happen because people don't usually understand or they underestimate how bad it can be. I thought it might be related to stress but I dream when I'm bored, stressed, really tied and sometime even after a few drinks or even taken sleeping medication. I will be taking part in a sleep study on Thursday and I'll be interested to see if there is anything they can do for me; beside medication and telling me I need to be less stressed. I also am sick of being scared to go to bed!

    I have been having what I believe to be night terrors about 3 times a week for the last few years. I usually see a dark figure standing in my doorway and I start screaming. My husband will then have a conversation with me which I apparently reply to but I usually don't remember in the morning. Over the last 4 months they have escalated to sleepwalking and last night I saw a translucent figure hovering above me, I screamed the place down and woke up crawling on my bedroom floor shaking and crying. What scares me the most is I'm now either staying awake because I'm scared to fall asleep or I find I'm drinking excessive amounts of alcohol because I then just pass out which is not a path I want to go down. I do have a stressful job and I have noticed an increase when work is at its most maniac but I don't want to go the GP, I feel enough of a freak already but it is starting to affect my family especially my husband who has gone from comforting to frankly annoyed and irritated at being constantly woke up. Does diet or caffeine have any impact?





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    I'm 30 years old and have been suffering from night terrors for around 7 or 8 years now. I find that the episodes come in cycles,for example, I can go maybe about a week without experiencing any disturbance..but then can have them on a nightly basis, which results in me being very tired the next day. From reading the past comments on here it seems that seeing figures in the room is a common factor of night terrors, as indeed I often see a dark male figure walking at the side of the bed. I have also seen shapes floating on the ceiling, animal traps on the floor and hallucinations of the room being ransacked (seeing drawers and cupboards open etc). The thing I experience most often however, is to see and hear burglars climbing a ladder to get into my room. I have recently started sleepwalking and have found myself waking up in different rooms, which I find quite worrying. I wish there was a simple solution to all of this, as I would love to just go to sleep without fear of waking up in absolute terror.





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    I'm 23 and your story sounds quite similar to mine. I will often wake up thinking that I see a person in my doorway with a knife or gun coming towards me. With my bed being next to a fire escape, I've had the same thing where I think that somebody is climbing up to break in. I've even gone as far as unlocking and opening my window to try to jump onto the fire escape or running to the bed room door, once yelling so loud that I woke our upstairs neighbors.

    I'm 23 and your story sounds quite similar to mine. I will often wake up thinking that I see a person in my doorway with a knife or gun coming towards me. With my bed being next to a fire escape, I've had the same thing where I think that somebody is climbing up to break in. I've even gone as far as unlocking and opening my window to try to jump onto the fire escape or running to the bed room door, once yelling so loud that I woke our upstairs neighbors.

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    I am 28 years old and I have had night terrors my whole life. When I was a child I would also be caught sleepwalking and talking, sometimes even eating in my sleep. As an adult I still sleep walk but only rarely. About once or twice a month I will jump frantically out of bed from sleep flailing my arms and sometime punching lamps or the cat or even my boyfriend. I have injured myself a few times, carpet burns on my knees or bruises etc. I sometimes scream out mumbled words that don't make sense. I have occasionally remembered seeing a spider hanging from the ceiling or a figure standing in the room somewhere. My heart will be pounding and it takes several minutes to get it to slow down. I usually can go right back to sleep after my heart slows. Sometimes I will not remember the event until someone tells me about it. It can be frightening to my boyfriend who is startled awake with me in confusion. I have very vivid dreams all the time good or bad so I just figured they were nightmares until reading about sleep terrors.





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    Hi I am a 61 year old male who has suffered with night terrors for a few years. Have no issues in my life that I know of but the frequency is almost every night. I feel distraught for the effect on my wife. Had surgery for a new knee replacement recently and remember fighting with someone most nights in my sleep in hospital. The person above Jessica could be me. I am exactly the same. Very scary and I am getting seriously concerned and don't know what to do. May try the dark chocolate.

    Blimey, in a weird way it's kinda nice to see I'm not alone...tho sadly that doesn't help my problem...I have been having various forms of nightmares/night terrors/sleepwalking etc since from about 8yrs old, I'm 35 now....It has now come to me being a danger to myself and others around now...I actually (I laugh now) dived head 1st off our bed, hurting my husband badly in the process and obviously head hit the floor 1st..our youngest daughter was in bed with us that night and I thank god I didn't hurt her..had to go a walk-in-centre that day as had a bruised jaw, bruised spine and shoulder..and still in pain a week on...I was referred to a GP that day as the nurse deemed it serious...feel so deflated now though as the GP gave me sleeping pills, which I take 2 a night, sedative ones...and am still waking and having them and then extremely tired the next day as on sleeping pills but still having them and acting out...went back to the Drs and see a different GP and he mentioned me going to a sleep clinic but would speak to his colleagues, sadly I think they have looked back at my depressive history, not looked at the present and now being referred to a psychiatrist...which have been there & done all this over the years...I am very happily married with 3 gorgeous girls and am now terrified I'm goin to hurt them, hubby or myself again in my sleep..feel very let down by the Drs, surely popping pills which sedate you is only masking the problem not helping..I want to return to work in Jan and am so exhausted with being a mum and lack of sleep am only just functioning...ughhh





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    I'm 26,narcolepsy (tensing up my leg muscles as I type),it's a sort of love hate relationship.The hate,if I am playing football,just about to shoot and it starts to go wrong,Laughing in public,not being able to enjoy yoghurt without the spoon shaking,start playing the bass(guitar),get in the groove,and generally other pleasures. There is also the darkness,the fear,weird creatures,Giant butterflies,two headed demonic dogs,all whilst being paralysed.Also when I was younger the what I can describe as inner brain zap sound that gradually gets faster and faster.It's bad enough when your knees go when you're walking but when your neck suddenly flops like the head of a new born baby,backwards (not forwards but backwards) that just feels dangerous.Not being able to fully focus,taking a bite of something nice and falling asleep. The love,the dreams,I have flown to many galaxies (with the free program that is lucid dreaming),just falling back to earth and hitting the floor or the ocean feels great everytime. Automatic behavior,alter ego,coming to,up a ladder with a jackhammer taking plaster of a wall,and many other odd occasions,this is different from sleepwalking as I believe sleepwalkers have their eyes open,my eyes,I've been told, have been closed during these episodes.





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    When I was between 4 and 12 years old, I remember having quite distressing recurring nightmares happening once or twice a month where I would wake half way through in a state of extreme fear and paranoia. I cannot remember the content of the dreams, all I remember was the colour purple, lots of needles, and feeling the needles penetrating my whole body. When I awoke form such night terrors, I would not feel awake, it would be as if I was still in the dream, but I knew I was awake and I would also have this strange feeling in my hands, where everything I touched seemed a lot bigger than what they appeared. When the sense of paranoia got too much I remember going downstairs to my parents screaming and moaning without saying anything clearly, just mumbles. They would try to calm me down and put me to sleep, but I would always be too scared to fall back asleep and experience the same terror, which when I would eventually fall back asleep the same dream would continue. When in the state of paranoia while half asleep, (in fact this term does not describe the feeling completely, it's irrational and not at all pleasant, {it was such an awful feeling it made me want to die so it would go away} and I have never felt this feeling when fully awake and I find it very difficult to describe)I would try to distract myself from the feeling by having a glass of water or milk and having a small snack but they came to no avail . It's a feeling which was impossible to get rid of until I woke up the next morning where I would usually be very ill with an overwhelming sense of nausea which usually lead to vomiting. When I ask my parents about my night terrors, they say I only confronted them when I was sleep walking, they describe me as being distressed, disorientated and panicked and with having very large dilated pupils . When I look on=line about these terrors, apart from one similar experience, no-one has experienced the same. Also when I look at sleep walking on-line it says no-one can consciously remember their sleepwalking, but I can, is this normal? Also, I am 18 years old and since the age of twelve I've had three similar experiences where: I still moan and scream as if in pain even though I don't feel any physical pain; I feel the strange hand sensation, I feel that dreaded sense of paranoia. The only difference is that I am not ill the next morning. The most recent being in December of last year. Please can someone explain to me what I was, and still am, if very rarely experiencing.





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    hi this isnt about me but about my fiancee hes 22 generally active and doesnt have anger issues or stress problems everynight wen he goes to sleep he starts hevy breathing that gets faster and ten starts shaking badly sometimes his eyes are open sometimes ther not many of times ive had to shake him to wake him up he says its like thers a wieght on his chest wen he sleeps and has to sleep with the light on now it happens around 5 times a night and hes had it since 16 he is also epileptic so wondring if it could be something that he could take or theres tests that could be done for him

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