Night terrors are quite common in children from the age of 3 to 12. The most typical symptom of night terrors in children is sudden crying or screaming during sleeping episodes. Both girls and boys can be affected by this sleep disorder. Many people think that sleep terrors are similar to a nightmare but in fact, they are completely different. While nightmare occurs in the REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, night terrors occur around 90 minutes after the kid fall asleep (when the REM sleep episode passed). In this post, you will find the causes, symptoms of sleep terrors and the effective method you can apply to help your child sleep well through the night without any disturbance from night terrors.
Causes of night terrors
There are quite many causes of night terrors but the most common one is sleep deprivation (for some reason, your child doesn’t have adequate sleep). Other causes can be stressful events, fever or the use of some types of drugs that have effects on the brain.
Symptoms of night terrors in children
When the child experience night terrors, you might see that he/she will breathe faster and his/her heartbeat increases, along with those are crying and/or screaming. The kid can sit up but has no awareness of the presence of the parents. Different from a nightmare, kids do not awaken and in the morning, they don’t remember what happened in the night.