How to use Night-terrors in a sentence
Stage Four Sleep is the period when Sleep Terror Disorder (also known as Night Terrors or pavor nocturnes) occurs.
Unlike a sleep disorder like snoring, it is very difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of night terrors.
This leads researchers to believe that night terrors might be caused by a chemical reaction in the body that causes a "misfire" in the brain.
What causes night terrors can vary from the stress felt by a three year old during a family divorce to a medication-induced night terror in an adult.
The doctor can help you determine if these are night terrors and if there is anything you can do to minimize their occurrence.Advertisement
Of the three types of insomnia, chronic insomnia is the type that can last for years at a time and is most often associated with a primary sleeping disorder (restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea , night terrors and sleepwalking).
Children in this age group tend to be more troubled with nightmares and night terrors than younger children.
Childhood night terrors are a parasomnia, or partial-sleep disorder, common in young children.
Sleepwalking, another parasomnia disorder, may also occur in as many as one third of children with night terrors.
Childhood night terrors occur more frequently in boys.Advertisement
Childhood night terrors appear to be a normal physiological process of the immature and developing nervous system.
Hypnosis, biofeedback, and various relaxation techniques have been used with some success to reduce or eliminate occurrence of childhood night terrors.
Maintaining a quiet home without sudden disruptive noise will minimize some of the external stimuli that may trigger night terrors.
Childhood night terrors are usually outgrown by the age of seven and rarely persist beyond adolescence.
This may help to break the disruptive sleep pattern that has resulted in the night terrors.Advertisement
Childhood night terrors are alarming to witness.
Childhood night terrors are a form of confusional arousal.
Other parasomnias, such as night terrors and night walking, may call for medication if other interventions and treatments fail to relieve seriously disruptive symptoms.