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an emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings

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Sleep terrors look far more distressing to the observer than they are.
(13) Parasomnias include nightmare disorder, sleep terror disorder, and sleepwalking disorder.
Mothers were found to be more aware of symptoms related to ADHD in the presence of primary insomnia, sleep terror disorder or sleepwalking disorder, whereas teachers may be more sensitive to ADHD symptoms in the presence of primary hypersomnia and nightmare disorder.
DSM-IV-TR recognizes 3 parasomnia types: nightmare disorder, sleep terror disorder, and sleepwalking disorder.
Lee-Chiong characterized sleepwalking, sleep terrors, and confusional arousals as disorders of arousal that usually occur in non-REM sleep during the first third of the night.
They may have a family history of sleep disorders, including sleepwalking, and they are likely to have had sleep terrors in early childhood.
They are typically divided into four categories, according to the stage of sleep during which they occur: (a) sleep-wake transition disorders which occur pre-sleep and during sleep onset (e.g., rhythmic movement disorders, restless legs syndrome), (b) parasomnias associated with Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep (e.g., nightmares), (c) arousal disorders which involve a sudden, partial arousal to light Non REM sleep from deep Non REM sleep (e.g., sleep walking, sleep terrors); and (d) those parasomnias not consistently related to any particular stage of sleep (e.g., teeth-grinding).
Sleep terrors (sometimes called pavor nocturnus in children and incubus attack in adults) are marked by a sense of confusion upon wakening and there is an absence of recall of elaborate dream imagery.
Sleep terrors usually occur during the first third of the night and affect mostly children, who let out a blood-curdling scream and bolt upright in bed.
Other sleep disorders include sleepwalking, sleep-related asthma and sleep terrors.
Sleep talking frequently occurs with other sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea and sleep terrors.
difficulty sleeping alone and nightmares or sleep terrors.
Parasomnias most likely to be encountered in clinical practice are namely, sleepwalking, sleep terrors, confusional arousals, REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and nightmares.
"Our results show that there is a substantial effect of genetics factors in sleep terrors," ABC Online quoted Dr Bich Hong Nguyen, of the Sleep Disorders Centre at Montreal's Sacre-Coeur Hospital, as saying.