What is the difference between night terrors and nightmares? My son has never had either, until recently and now I don't know what's going on. He started sleeping through the night at 4 months of age and has done so every night of his life until 8 days ago. Now every morning between 6-6:15am he wakes up screaming about something that seems not at all scary to me. Example, this morning he woke up hysterical and came running into my room (right on schedule 6:08am) and said the man stole his juice. That was all he said but he was absolutely hysterical about it. What's the deal, is this night terrors or do I need to be more concerned? Is there something I can do to help him not have them? The morning before (6:02am) it was a black bear. When I finally got him to wake up he just asked where the black bear was and then went back to sleep next to me. And no, he was not watching horror films before sleeping so no need to bash.Answer Question
A night terror, also known as a sleep terror or pavor nocturnus, is a parasomnia disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. The subject wakes abruptly from slow-wave sleep, with waking usually accompanied by gasping, moaning, or screaming. It is often impossible to fully awaken the person, and after the episode the subject normally settles back to sleep without waking. A night terror can rarely be recalled by the subject. They typically occur during non-rapid eye movement sleep.
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