Sleep Terrors Symptoms Causes Treatment

Sleep Terrors

The condition in which there is intense fear, episodes of screaming, and walking and falling while sleeping. In sleep terrors there is undesired occurrence during sleep which is known as parasomnia. It is mostly affecting the children but it may also occur in adults in some conditions.


Signs and symptoms are not usually specific because person who had sleep terror does not remember exactly what happened during that time. Some features of people who experience this condition include:Sleep Terrors Symptoms causes treatment

  • Sweating
  • Stare wide-eye
  • Look frightened
  • Screaming
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Does not remember what happened last night

Following factors involved in this condition:sleep terrors symptoms causes treatment

  • Fever
  • Stress
  • Travelling
  • Sleep schedule disturbance
  • Sleep derivational
  • Alcohol
  • Some medications
  • Extreme tiredness

After taking history and conducting physical examination your doctor might recommend the following tests:

  • Discussing about symptoms with you and your parents
  • Physical examination
  • Blood test to rule out other causes
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) of brain to rule out brain malignancy

Treatment includes to avoid the triggering risk factors and reduce the signs and symptoms, treatment options include:

  • Medications include benzodiazepines
  • Avoid stress
  • Treat underlying cause if present like sleep apnea disorder
  • Anticipatory awakening includes to wake up the person before he or she experiences the sleep terror
Lifestyle and home remedies

Home remedies include:

  • Take proper sleep
  • Limit alcohol
  • Avoid stress
  • Make sleep schedule
  • Eat healthy food
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