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What are night terrors?

Night or sleep terrors are episodes during sleep in which a person experiences intense fear, often screaming or crying out. The person is often difficult to comfort and rouse and generally does not remember anything of the incident the next day. Night terrors are common in young children.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Insomnia (sleep problems)

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