Night terrors are habitually considered to be the sleeping trouble of children, but adults too are prone to it. It is therefore important to be aware of the problem so that it won’t recur.
Night terrors in adults are a kind of sleep disorder, where the afflicted wakes up terrified and screaming. The adult, who is afflicted with the night terror, may not even remember about the incident of the night before.
The individual appears awake, though in reality he is only semi-conscious, more like perplexed and disoriented. Some may have a vague idea the happenings. The symptoms are mostly similar, like sudden wakeup, screaming, disorientation and panic.
Adults who are troubled by night terrors generally leave the bed terrified, frequently screaming. He may be violent and belligerent and may go on screaming or thrash about.
Causes for the occurrence of night terrors in adults are still unclear, but factors such as psychological disorder, substance abuse or other types of sleep disturbances can activate such conditions. Medications and history of night terrors in the family can increase the risk. Night terrors are rare in adults compared to children, but they can happen in adults too.
Though, all night terrors are intrinsically the same, the reaction of adults as well as children to the happening differs. Children may have no recollection of the incident and may talk or walk while asleep. His parents are able to quieten the child or speak with the doctor if the incident is problematic. Generally, children’s response is never violent and often leaves the children in a couple of years.
Adults, who are distressed with night terror may have violent reactions during the episode and may retain some recollection of the incident later. There are several causes involving mind and body that result in night terrors in adults and may not leave the sufferer fast. It is best that the adults suffering from night terrors consult their doctor to discover ways to thwart such episodes.
Consulting a doctor is vital, particularly if the night terrors in adults are recurrent, violet and taxing. These suggestions may be of assistance in checking the episodes. Exercise regularly, practice yoga prior to bed and eat healthy. Additionally, shun coffee and sugar before you go to sleep. This will keep stress under control. Also listen to soothing music before bed.
Though, there are no effective therapies for night terrors in adults, they can be dealt with several soothing techniques and alterations in lifestyle. It may vanish eventually if the cause of ‘stress’ no longer affects the adult in question. Adults, who have undergone trauma can have high incidence of night terrors that are linked to anxiety disorders. A therapist will help adults to manage stress, melancholy and anxiety.