Night Terrors


Please describe your experience with night terrors. Submit Your Comment

Comment from: justforthispost, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: June 19

I started having night terrors when I was about 5 years old until I was about 15, with the frequency decreasing over time. The first time I could recall an episode where I heard multiple people screaming. Every episode I can remember feeling very scared and confused, like something was wrong but not knowing what. I also had a strange feeling. The best way of describing it was feeling like I was too big for my surroundings. I would always walk around, never making a noise, until it went away and I fell back asleep.

Comment from: Amanda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I had night terrors every night. All night long from the age of two until I was twelve years old. I was abused and abandoned by my biological mother and her boyfriend, and taken from them at a very young age and put into six different foster homes and then an orphanage. Every morning I would wake up feeling fully rested and my poor grandmother would be exhausted. She told me about screaming and speaking with words that didn't make sense and crying and I didn't believe her. Years and years later now I remember dreaming, terrified of the darkness behind my eyelids. I think my body was fighting sleep because of what would happen when I couldn't stay awake any more as an infant and not being able to describe the trauma because it happened when I was so young. Think about it. When the trauma happened I could not form words nor connect thoughts or name who or what I was seeing. There was nothing, just like the darkness; nothing. I would often fall asleep with both hands one on top of the other on my chest around my own neck with my chin rested on my neck. I think I was choked in my sleep as an infant. I remember being held under water until I would bubble, among many other things. Yes, I am 30 years old and I can describe the room I was thrown up against the ceiling and hit the bed then the floor. I can remember and now have words to describe everything that happened.

Comment from: Mandy, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 18

I believe that my son started having night terrors when he was an infant. He would wake screaming and was inconsolable. He continued to have these terrors up until last year; he was ten. Not being a stranger to allergies, the thought came to me, 'What if this is an allergy?' I went to our NAET therapist, we looked through the NAET allergy book and sure enough, we found that a polyphenol called quercetin is responsible for many things including stimulating adrenaline release. Through muscle testing, we found my son was allergic to it, the therapist cleared it and he does not have these night terrors anymore. Allergens, they are everywhere and responsible for so many things.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

The doctor recommended that my parents take me to the bathroom when I started screaming in the night. This helped and the night terror episodes ended without other treatment.

Comment from: Joe, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 29

She gets out of bed in a total panic, frantic and crying, sprinting around the house like a cat desperately trying to get away from its own tail. She'll yell and need a hug, then she will think you are a monster and she'll scramble to get away from you. She'll do several laps around the living room, and then run back to her room if we don't catch her, and then she'll do it all again, screaming and crying (and shaking) the whole time. All while still asleep. And then she passes gas loud. Then she wakes up, gets a drink of water, and she goes back to bed.

Comment from: Sarah l, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I have an 18-month-old daughter and for the past few months she has been waking up crying and screaming, but is still asleep with eyes not open at all! Wondering if this is from night terrors. This goes on for about 3 or 4 hours. She goes to bed at 8 pm and this starts about 12:30. So about 5 am or so it stops and she is able to sleep with no interruptions; till about 8 pm. Wonder if this has happened to other parents.

Comment from: macandcheese, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 14

My roommate in college once told me that she got out of bed in the morning to get ready for the day. She said I woke up and looked at her and said, ‘what are you doing?' in an angry tone and she said, 'just getting ready.' I basically said okay to her and went back to sleep. The whole day she thought I was mad at her because of what happened that morning and when she mentioned it to me I just looked at her and I had no idea what she was talking about. It was due to my having night terrors.


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