Good quality and hole-free sleep are very important for a healthy life. Everyone from babies to adults has a certain time to sleep on a daily basis. Getting enough sleep daily is extremely important for the proper functioning of the organs and brain. However, some people may experience sleep problems. Some sleep insomnia at night, while others cannot sleep without holes, while others sleep too much. All of these situations have a name in medicine. If these diseases are not treated, they decrease the quality of life of the person. Although night terror, which is one of the sleep problems, can be seen in people of all ages, it is more common in children, especially between the ages of 5-7. So what is a night terror? What are the symptoms? Let’s look at the details together.
Especially babies may have difficulty sleeping without holes. However, as the age gets older, night sleep becomes more and more comfortable.
However, this situation may vary in people who have sleep disorders. Although sleep disorders fall into many subcategories, night terror disease is one of them. What is a night terror?
A night terror is a subtype of parasomnia sleep disorder that causes abnormal behavior while sleeping. Abnormal behaviors in parasomnia can occur at any stage of sleep, including from wakefulness to sleep and vice versa. This ailment affecting people of all ages mainly affects children between the ages of 5-7. In night terror, a person may fall asleep and exhibit abnormal movements and behavior during sleep or awakening. Night terror manifests itself in the form of attacks.
In the research conducted by experts, it was determined that 88% of children between the ages of 5 months and 6 years old had parasomnia disease at least once.
Also in Parasomnia; bed-wetting, sleepwalking, crippling, grinding teeth, eating during sleep can also be seen.
In night terror, the individual can wake up fearing sleep and look around with empty eyes. In the meantime, he may start shouting or screaming. Other symptoms that occur during the night terror attack are as follows;
– The person can wake up from deep sleep by screaming
– Along with waking up, palpitations, rapid breathing, skin redness, sweating, muscle contractions may also develop.
– Person; it may exhibit involuntary hand and arm movements or may leave the bed and bedroom with fear, although it is not often seen.
Attacks usually occur 2-3 hours after sleep begins. Takes about 20 seconds to 5 minutes
– Usually, the attack is not remembered when you wake up in the morning
Among the causes of night terror disease are a genetic factors and brain diseases.
It is known that sleep problems are mostly caused by genetics. In addition, like many REM sleep behavior disorders, brain diseases can be responsible for night terror. On the other hand, psychological disorders have an effect on sleep disorders.
How is night terror treatment?
Parasomnia can affect anyone. However, this situation is generally observed in children. Discomfort tends to decrease after puberty. In the studies conducted, it was found that this disease was observed in many of the individuals who developed parasomnia during and after adolescence. If night terror persists for more than 2-3 months, a child psychiatrist or child neurologist should be consulted. If you experience this condition in adulthood, you can go to a neurologist or psychiatrist in the same way. And also; You can create a quality sleep environment, listen to calming music to relax before sleep, or if you wake up at the same time every night, you can try to avoid the situation by getting up 15 minutes before that time.