My kid had a couple episodes of "sleep walking". I think of night terrors as waking up screaming -- this was equal fear, but with action involved. He was out of his room, out of the house, and hiding in the neighbor's yard in SECONDS. That's where he 'woke up' within a couple minutes. Similar episode the next night, but we caught up to him quicker. One more episode much later.
For him, it was brought on by stress. Both times he was heading into a big change (leaving on a mission trip w/o parents the first time, on college visitations the second)
My mil has night terrors, but she was a child in WW2 Germany. She wakes up from actual memories.
at 1:50 PM on Aug. 20, 2009