Night Terrors (Pavor nocturnes, sleep terror disorder) refer to abrupt awakening from sleep with behaviour consistent with terror. Typically, Night Terrors occur between 15 minutes – 1 hour of the sufferer going to sleep. They are more prevalent in children between 3 and 5 years-of-age, however adults are also known to suffer from night terrors.
Symptoms of Night Terrors
Some of the known symptoms of Night Terrors are:
Sudden awakening from sleep
The dreamer may still be asleep, but their eyes are open
Persistent terror or fear that occurs at night
Screaming, sweating, confusion and rapid heart rate
Sufferers see spiders, snakes, animals or people in the room