pavor nocturnus

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Synonyms for pavor nocturnus

a disorder of sleep characterized by a dream of terrifying dimensions far worse than a typical nightmare

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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.
Night terrors (pavor nocturnus) are a partial arousal from a very deep (Stage 3-4) non-dreaming sleep.