Dr Neil Stanley Independent Sleep Expert
© Dr. Neil Stanley 2013-2019
What are night terrors? A nightmare is a bad, scary dream and like all dreams if you wake up during it you will remember some of the story and this can be frightening or unsettling. A night terror is a parasomnia like sleep walking or sleep talking this is where the sleeper can appear distressed or frightened and can exhibit bodily movements that add to the impression that they are terrified of something, however unlike a nightmare if the sleeper wakes up, they have no memory of what happened during the night terror. They are common in children but adults can have them and the simple advice it observe the sleeper to ensure they come to no harm but do not attempt to wake them.