Do you know what night terrors are?

United States
January 1, 2007 10:30am CST
I have a post on here about having insomnia but one of my big problems when I finally do sleep is night terrors..not to be confused with nightmares there is a difference. Have you experienced this? Any ideas on how to avoid them....please help
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@tba123 (457)
• United States
2 Jan 07
I know what they are because my daughter had these. Thankfully she hasn't had them a while, knock on wood. What we would do is very gently try to wake her up. We kept trying gently till she got awake. All the while talking to her in a soft voice assuring her that she's ok and saying soft things trying to get her to come out of it. We'd keep talking to her till we knew from the answers she was giving us that she was wide awake. Then we'd let her lay back down and she'd usually go right back on to sleep. Not sure what causes them but they are terrifying to watch too especially from a child. Do you have a favorite scent or a comforting item that you could sleep with. We let my daughter sleep with her favorite stuff animals and blanket and they seem to help. Anything that is comforting to you should make you feel more comfortable and help. Is there is someone there with you who can wake you up this way? do you remember your night terrors? My daughter never remembers her thank goodness.
• United States
2 Jan 07
Your suggestions are wonderful and I will try them..I never thought of a relaxing scent I do like a room dark and cold so I will start there. I do not have anyone to wake me and in the past when I would awake from these even with someone there they slept to soundly or thought I had sleep apnea...unfortunately I remember all of mine most are worse then the texas chainsaw massacre if that gives you a clue..I have bloody horrific night terrors I could make big money in the horror industry but I block them as well as i can because most seem to relate to me somehow or someway..not sure why yet....thanks soo much for responding and for the advice
• United States
16 Jan 07
thank you i never would of event hought of that
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
Idynimaway, it is a sleeping problem and I think you should check with your doctor because it could lead to health complications. Sleep deprivation is really nasty. Usually, doctors would ask you to have a polysomnography test or a "sleep study". Check this site if you got time, http://askthesleepexperts.com, they have info on sleep disorders and ways on how to deal with them. I think you'll find something for your problem, too.
@ladygam (564)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
By the way, night terrors are often associated with insomnia, so don't be surprised if you are experiencing both. Good health to you!
@Sorandra (13)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Night terrors. That just says it all; absolutely TERRIFYING, because you're not fully asleep, or you're wide awake while having visions or feelings. And it can be so much more... My night terror came when I was very small, about 4. I heard an unfamiliar voice in my bedroom a few times, and I could have sworn there was a person standing next to my window! But the window was closed, and there couldn't have been anyone there by my description. However, I was always far too fearful to investigate... though I know now that it couldn't have been real. In my case, I'm sure it was fear of the dark and adrenaline getting the best of me.
• United States
23 Jan 07
I have experienced that same feeling as well. My current night terrors would make a great horror movie that is for sure. Unfortunately I do not like horror movies nor so I want them in my mind! No wonder I have insomnia--LOL
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
1 Jan 07
I have had many experiences with both. I know how horrible they can be and night terrors are properly named. They are far worse then nightmares in my opinion. At least with nightmares you usually know what is scaring you but when a night terror you have no clue you are just in a massic panic state. Usually after them I cannot go back to sleep and stay awake the rest of the night. Trying to relax before going to bed. While trying to go to sleep invision safe, warm and comfortable places. Sometimes having soothing music on can help. Other then that not sure if there is anything that can be done. Sorry.
• United States
2 Jan 07
It is just so great to talk to people that know what I am talking about and understand....I have gone through this for years and its bad..that's one reason I have terrible insomnia. I do try alot of techniques but whats weird alot of the relaxation techniques involve repetitive sounds (like running water or a ticking clock) and they drive me mad to the point of almost violent anger....Sometimes I think I am just losing it and scared to tell anyone!! I am glad I found you guys..more thna you will ever know xxooo
@angelicEmu (1311)
1 Jan 07
I've had a thing where I was asleep, but thought I was awake, and that I couldn't breathe or move. I'd panic, and try desperately to move, but couldn't, then I'd wake up with a start. If this is the kind of thing you mean, then it used to crop up when I was stressed, so meditation, relaxation exercises, and aromatherapy would probably help. Also, if you do a positive visualisation thing in bed, alongside breathing and relaxation techniques, you'll probably be less likely to suffer these things. But dealing with the underlying cause of the stress which is causing these terrors (and probably your insomnia) is the best way to avoid these things. If it's deep-rooted and serious, I'd advise therapy (your GP should be able to refer you to a relevant therapist). All the best, and good luck!
• United States
1 Jan 07
thank you very much I have also had those things happen and I jsut thought I was crazy it wsa like having a paniac attack while asleep and worse...I will ask the doc about it as well..I used to take prescription sleep medicine but these things seem worse then as well. Thanks again!!
@sucahyo (103)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 11
You would find reading the work of Baron Karl Von Reichenbach helpfull. He researched many imsonian and post the behaviour and the solution to prevent night terror. Some people find Full moon intruding and have to be very carefully shielded from the moon. Not even a wire protruding the room from the outside is allowed.
@freesoul (3023)
• Egypt
29 Jan 07
I have insomnia but it's not constant .. I get nightmares sometimes and they are bad enough for me.. from the sound of it i don't want even to know how worse "night terrors" can be .. anyway it's all in the head as they say ..if it's about something in particular you should try to deal with this issue one way or the other to get it out of your dreams .. I know it's easier said than done but that what the doctors say..
@lsen06 (5000)
• India
17 Jan 07
i have no experience about nightmare.i have no insomnia.