Reese. Age: 22.
Night terrors, or sleep terrors, are a parasomnia condition in which the subject reacts to a foreboding sense of fear or terror by screaming, thrashing around or crying. They may also get out of bed and walk or run around, and adults are at a risk of performing violent acts during this time. The subject is still in a sleep-like state during night terrors outbursts and cannot be awoken without some difficulty. The episode can last as long as 20 minutes, after which the subject will either go directly back to REM or deep sleep without ever leaving their sleeping stateor may wake up to extreme confusion.
Jemma. Age: 32.
Night terrors in adults: phenomenology and relationship to psychopathology.
A night terror is a brief disruption of normal sleep in which the sleeper becomes terrified; it is like a nightmare but much worse. Afterwards, the sleeper usually returns to normal sleep without regaining consciousness. Night terrors, also known as sleep terrors and pavor nocturnes, tend to last between one and six minutes and are most common in children. Although distressing to those who witness them, the attacks are mostly harmless and most children grow out of them.
Charli. Age: 32.
What are night terrors and why do they happen?
Night terrors, or sleep terrors, are common terms for episodes that cause fear at night, especially in children. They are different from nightmares. They can be distressing for the person who has them and for their family. While people talk about "night terrors," this is not, in fact, a diagnosable condition, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual fifth edition DSM-V.
You might call out, cry, move around, or show other signs of fear and agitation. Most people fall right back asleep after a night terror. An estimated 2 percent of adults also experience night terrors. Read on to learn more about night terrors in adults, including their potential causes and how to stop them.