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Effective Method To Cope With Night Terrors In Children


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.

Method to cope with night terrors in children

There are not many methods available to deal with sleep terrors in children and there is no trusted medication for this problem. Schedule awakening is believed to be the best treatment for night terrors at this moment. Schedule awakening involves waking up the child before the time he/she has sleep terrors. By doing so, the kid will begin a new sleep episode without going through sleep terror as you have already known above, sleep terror usually occur after the REM sleep (90 minutes). After around a week following this routine, you can expect an improvement in the sleep of your child. It’s also a good practice to eliminate all the possible disturbances in your kid’s sleeping room. Deep sleep is unlikely to develop sleep terrors.


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