It is common for most people to have nightmares, including those people who have sleep apnea. But what if the nightmare leaves you screaming and sweating in bed or maybe you begin to sleepwalk. You might have night terrors, a distressing event that leaves you scared and frightened to go to bed. If you have a sleep disorder, like sleep apnea, you may have increased your chances of have a night terror episode.
Night terrors, also called parasomnia, are beyond the unpleasantness of a nightmare. The result of a night terror episode is usually waking up screaming and frightened out of your mind. You would probably be feeling disoriented and unable to wake completely. Children unfortunately have night terrors more than adults. Occurring shortly after falling asleep, children wake up screaming and unresponsive to a parent’s voice. With adults, they may actually get out of the bed and walk around before realizing that they had a night terror.
Night terror can be connected to sleepwalking and other sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Depression and anxiety can be a cause of it in adults as well as medications. Children usually outgrow it whereas adults may need to seek treatment. The correction of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders can help solve the problem of night terrors. Seeking a doctor’s assistance is also advisable.