Night terrors aren’t just bad dreams. Children with night terrors may wake up in a panic that negates their sleep and can be very scary for both them and their parents. Here’s what you need to know about these episodes so you can help your child get a restful night’s sleep.
Your Guide to Night Terrors
What are Night Terrors?
Up to 40% of children may experience night terrors that include screaming and flailing while they’re asleep and waking up in intense fear. These issues can range from several seconds to minutes long, and may also lead a child to sleepwalk. During a night terror, a child may move about in bed thrashing and kicking, have an elevated heart rate, or be difficult to wake up. Often, kids can’t remember why they were afraid — which can make consoling them difficult.
How Can You Prevent Night Terrors?
The best way to reduce the likelihood of a child having night terrors is to promote relaxation and routine. Have your little one journal before bed about happy things they enjoy to set the tone for a good night’s rest. You may also find that cognitive behavioral therapy is helpful if the child is going through a stressful time that may contribute to their bad dreams.
Typically, this issue resolves on its own and is not a sign of a medical problem. However, some medications, mood disorders, or sleep-disordered breathing can cause intense bad dreams. Children who consistently have trouble getting rest because of these nightly fits of fear may benefit from seeing a doctor who can establish the root cause and create a treatment plan.
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