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Why do I have night terrors

By Anonymous October 9, 2017 - 2:00am
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Hello Anonymous,

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Sleep terrors are classified as a parasomnia — an undesirable behavior or experience during sleep. Sleep terrors are a disorder of arousal, meaning they occur during N3 sleep, the deepest stage of non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. Another NREM disorder is sleepwalking, which can occur together with sleep terrors.

Various factors can contribute to sleep terrors, such as:

Sleep deprivation and extreme tiredness
Sleep schedule disruptions, travel or sleep interruptions
Sleep terrors sometimes can be triggered by underlying conditions that interfere with sleep, such as:

Sleep-disordered breathing — a group of disorders that include abnormal breathing patterns during sleep, the most common of which is obstructive sleep apnea
Restless legs syndrome
Some medications
Mood disorders, such as depression and anxiety
In adults, alcohol use


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