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night terror

n.
An episode of nighttime arousal from sleep, accompanied by intense fear and agitation and not recalled after awakening. Night terrors are more common in children than in adults. Also called sleep terror.

night′ ter`ror


n.
a sudden feeling of extreme fear that awakens a sleeping person and is not associated with a dream.
[1895–1900]
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Noun1.night terror - an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings
dramatic event, drama - an episode that is turbulent or highly emotional
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Answer: It's hard to pinpoint why some children experience sleep terrors and others don't, but fatigue and stress seem to be frequent triggers.
Dubai: Though sleep terrors and sleep walking are associated with school-going children they are not the only ones affected by it.
The permanently disqualifying nature of sleep terrors will similarly be reflected in the update.
They discuss typical sleep across development and healthy sleep habits, common pediatric problems, and key concepts for behavioral sleep medicine; clinical assessment of sleep and working with families to increase treatment success; and the problems of sleep-onset associations and night wakings, bedtime stalling, nighttime fears, anxiety, recurrent nightmares, insomnia, delayed sleep-wake phase, confusional arousals, sleep terrors, sleepwalking, nocturnal enuresis, and nonadherence to positive airway pressure therapy.
But when they arrived the man told them about his sleep terrors.
Other frequent sleep disturbances such as sleepwalking and sleep terrors may result from upper respiratory infection, allergies, enlarged tonsils, and other factors that interfere with breathing while sleeping.
Children at this age present with sleep terrors or confusional arousals, as well as moving around the bed in restless sleep in order to maintain their airway.
21) Sleep terrors occur during stage four of short-wave sleep, within two hours of going to bed.
presents information on sleep disorders, including how to recognize them, what happens during a sleep study and what the results look like, and diagnosis, treatment, and example cases of the most common disorders: obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, psychophysiological insomnia, sleep terrors, rapid eye movement behavior disorder, circadian rhythm disorders, and those affecting children, teens, and people over 50.
Results indicate that adolescents with a childhood diagnosis of ADHD, regardless of persistent ADHD were more likely to have current sleep problems and sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep terrors, nightmares, bruxism and snoring.
Febrile illness in children and medications in the elderly are among the predisposing factors, though sleep terrors are uncommon in older people.