Are you afraid to put your kids to bed because they struggle with night t mistakes ? Every day when the sun goes down and darkness comes, millions of children get ready for bed. Many parents put them to bed and even read them a bedtime story.

Sometimes parents also say a prayer with their children. There is an old prayer that says, “Now that I go to sleep, I ask the Lord to protect my soul. If I died before I woke up, I ask the Lord to take my soul ”, this arose especially in the United States thanks to a supposed need to protect children at night.

But this is the question. From whom or what did children need to be protected? Children may have sensed the need to protect themselves from the “bogeyman,” the monsters in their closet, and the things that make noises at night.

Of course, this was all part of his imagination. However, this prayer also protected them from the horrors of night terrors.

Nightmares can be extremely frightening for a child. However, night terrors make dreams even more horrible . The worst terrors of the night often seem real.

Although the visions are not real, they are so intense and realistic that the mind perceives them as reality. But you should not be afraid. Your child can get over his night terrors. Once you have information, you can help your child navigate this terrible condition.

An overview of night terrors

There are 74.2 million children in the United States alone. Many of these children do not experience any problems with night terrors. Up to 6% of all little ones suffer from this problem.

This means that almost 4.5 million children have to deal with night terrors. Estimates show that 85% of all adults have nightmares, and the numbers are about the same for children. However, night terrors are much more extreme than nightmares.

These are many children who frequently experience intense nightmares every night. Young children are generally not included in this group.

Many parents are very upset about this situation and it is understandable. They want to help their children have peaceful dreams and adequate rest. They wish they could somehow protect their little ones from the fear of terrifying dreams.

Moms and dads must realize that this situation is completely out of their control. Night terrors are something a child must overcome on their own. Still, moms and dads can help with the process.

How night terrors happen in boys

Many pediatricians agree that night terrors generally happen to young people who are stressed, tired, ill, and suffering from trauma.

Night terrors can also occur in a child who is tired, stressed, or suffering from illness. When children don’t get enough sleep, this terrifying condition can occur.

It can also result from trauma, but we will address that issue later. Children who often sleep away from home in new settings can deal with night terrors. There are other factors that lead people to have night terrors. Babies and young children generally do not have this problem.

Both genders are prone to this problem. Underlying medical conditions or substance abuse can also trigger this problem in children.

Sleep disorders, mental health problems, and drug or alcohol use can also lead to this problem. Unfortunately, some young people use drugs and alcohol, and sleep terrors could be a side effect of this habit.

Stages of sleep and other reasons for night terrors

When people go to sleep, they usually sleep in stages. There are four stages of sleep. Stage 1 is the first level. People usually sleep very lightly during this stage.

In general, it is easy to wake someone up in stage 1. This is also the initial stage of non-remote sleep (NREM). The brain is also very active during stage 1. When a person reaches stage 2, his mind slows down and it becomes more difficult to wake him up.

Once a sleeper reaches stage 3, they are in the deepest part of NREM sleep. When a person reaches stage 3 of sleep, it is also impossible to wake him up.

Stage 4 is known as REM, and a person can wake up quickly at this stage. People in this stage have frequent brain activity. How does all this relate to your child’s night terrors? Let’s find out.

Most children will have their night terrors when they go from stage 2 to stage 3. After moving to stage 3, night terrors will occur .

This is why it is so difficult for people to wake a child experiencing night terrors. They are caught in the deepest part of the sleep cycle when they happen.

How a child shows the symptoms of sleep terrors

The symptoms of night terror can be terrifying for parents. All parents will be alarmed or concerned when they see their children behaving strangely in their sleep.

Hearing your child scream loudly or shake their body will cause parents concern. Some children sit on the bed, staring at “something.” Their pupils may be dilated, and an expression of horror may appear on their faces.

This scene can terrify you because you can’t wake them up, and it seems like there’s something else in the room with them, and you.

Sweat will sometimes drip from their face, or they could be breathing heavily. A racing pulse or a flushed face that is very common for people who experience night terrors .

Some parents will even see their children sleepwalking. In some situations, some parents have seen their children sleepwalking as if they were moving toward some strange being.

Stranger still, some parents have seen their children talk to someone while sleepwalking. Their conversations and movements were generally disturbing and very unsettling to watch. These are some of the main symptoms that children will show when they have night terrors.

What You Can Do To Help Your Child Cope With These Terrifying Experiences

What is most often said to parents is that they should never wake their children up when they are going through a night terror experience. Parents are also cautioned not to restrain them. And this is said because they can end up doing more damage when these measures are taken.

Parents, we understand that it will be difficult to sit back and watch your child suffer during this event. The best thing you can do is keep them safe. You need to comfort them and make sure they can’t hurt themselves or others while their dream unfolds.

Can a psychologist help your child overcome night terrors?

Psychologists are aware of mental health conditions and their impact on a person’s ability to sleep. They also understand that many people have trouble sleeping due to a traumatic experience.

Sleep terrors can be the result of poor mental health and a traumatic situation. People who go through traumatic experiences generally undergo neurochemical changes, causing them to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol while they sleep.

These two chemicals can affect a child’s brain and help children deal with night terrors.

Don’t expose your child to scary movies before bed

By teaching your kids horror movies or telling them about today’s “coconuts” like Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Jason Vorhees, Chucky, and the Killer Clown, you might find these scary characters entertaining and fun.

Still, these are terrible fictional characters that create a lot of fear for children when they sleep at night. They can also contribute to night terrors.

Demons and ghosts inspire many horror movies today. These types of films can also increase this problem. Sometimes children are so scared after seeing them that they go to bed thinking about what they just saw. They could easily have a terrifying sleep experience thanks to them.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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