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Things that go bump before you are in REM sleep.

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

One night a got a call from a family member around 1 or 2 am.

He lives on base and shared a "dorm" like room with another person.

All the things I could think of were basically shot down by rules.

Cannot make the room your own no safe private space. Add to that both men work opposite shifts. One nights the other day.

The retinue was difficult on both men. He, my relative, worked nights. When he got to their room it was a very fast and quite regiment. Microwave something quick eat it in bed. What any TV on his phone. Even going to brush his teeth needed to be done in the dark and quite.

These are allot of stressors.

I did suggest a 4 part or box breath that he said helped.

Inhale for 4 pause for 4 exhale for 4 pause for 4. It isn't a fast count. The only issue with counted breath is that sometimes we count fast to hoping to press the results faster. Unfortunately that is not the case. Slow and steady. let your mind relax into the pattern.

That call sent me on a research journy. All my research is below this artical.

There are some really interesting parts.

Night terrors run in families, usually small childer but they can start in adulthood too.

The differance between a mightmare and a night terror is nightmare are when a preson is in REM sleep. night terrors is before the deep sleep of REM

I hope the following research helps you or someone you know to get some real sleep and peace


Sleep terrors (night terrors) - Symptoms and causes - Mayo ... › symptoms-causes › syc-20353524Mar 9, 2018 –

Sleep terrors are episodes of screaming, intense fear and flailing while still asleep. Also known as night terrors, sleep terrors often are paired with sleepwalking. Like sleepwalking, sleep terrors are considered a parasomnia — an undesired occurrence during sleep.

Parasomnias often run in families, so there may be a genetic factor

What causes night terrors? Night terrors occur during the deepest stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep and are most common between midnight and 2am. There are several possible causes: They can be triggered by extreme tiredness or a lack of sleep, stress, a change in sleep schedule, or a fever.

What is the difference between night terrors and nightmares Nightmares occur during REM sleep.Night terrors, on the other hand, tend to occur earlier, during non-REM sleep.

Nightmares, or dreams with explicit, unsettling content, occur most often during REM sleep, when the brain is most prone to vivid dreaming. ... Night terrors, on the other hand, tend to occur earlier, during non-REM sleep.

How do you treat night terrors?

Cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, biofeedback or relaxation therapy may help. Anticipatory awakening. This involves waking the person who has sleep terrors about 15 minutes before he or she usually experiences the event. Then the person stays awake for a few minutes before falling asleep again

Do you have an average time you have night terrors? Maybe I can call around that time to wake you?

If you live with someone you know is having night terrors see if there is an average time of night they occur. The wake up the person, not fully just enough to break the stream of consciousness, then let them fall back asleep.

This is what I did for a family member that did not live near me.

Are night terrors related to anxiety?

Many adults who experience night terrors live with mood-related mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Night terrors have also been associated with the experience of trauma and heavy or long-term stress

It's rare to see night terrors manifest alongside a diagnosable mental illness, like anxiety or depression. According to experts, it doesn't seem to be part of any one mental health syndrome.

Night terrors have also been associated with the experience of trauma and heavy or long-term stress.

Respiratory issues

Respiratory conditions, such as sleep apnea, may also increase your risk of having night terrors.

A small 2003 study involving 20 participants monitored pressure on the esophagus overnight to see how respiratory events could contribute to night terrors.

The results suggest that people with disruptive sleep disorders, including night terrors, are more likely to experience breathing troubles while sleeping. The study’s authors believe this could mean that the increased effort needed to breathe may trigger night terrors or related conditions.

Other factors

Other factors that might contribute to night terrors include:

travel-related sleep disruptions

restless leg syndrome

sleep deprivation


medications, including stimulants and some antidepressants

fever or illness

alcohol use

Is there any way to stop them?

Night terrors don’t always require treatment. But it might be worth looking into if:

night terrors have a negative effect on you, your partner, or your relationship

you often wake up not feeling rested

the episodes have a negative effect on your usual activities or daily life

your actions during an episode (jumping on or off your bed, for example) could harm you or your partner

To effectively treat night terrors, it’s important to learn more about what’s causing them. Addressing those causes can lead to fewer episodes and may even help them stop entirely.

Build good sleep habits

A good starting point is getting yourself on a regular sleep schedule. You might find that simply getting enough sleep on a regular basis is enough to combat night terrors.

Before bedtime, try to avoid using electronic devices, working, or any stimulating activities. Instead, try meditating, relaxing in a bath, or reading a book. Avoiding caffeine late in the day and limiting alcohol use may also help reduce episodes.

Have someone wake you up

If your night terrors tend to happen around the same time, try waking yourself up about 15 minutes before they would typically happen. Stay awake for several minutes before going back to sleep.

You can do this with an alarm or by asking a partner or family member to wake you.

See a therapist

In some cases, night terrors could be a sign of stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns. If nothing seems to be working, consider seeking support from a therapist.

They can help you identify any underlying issues and help you develop new coping tools. to develop new coping tools. Biofeedback, hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy can all help.

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