What are night terrors?

Also known as: sleep terrors.

Night terrors are episodes of screaming, flailing and intense fear that occur during sleep. They differ from nightmares in that the child remains asleep and usually doesn’t remember the episode. Night terrors are fairly common among children.

Reviewed by: Mercedes Bello, MD

This page was last updated on: 1/29/2019 3:21:13 PM

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