Typically affecting young children, a night terror is an emotional sleep disturbance that may involve anxiety, panic, gasping, moaning, or screaming. Unlike nightmares, these episodes occur in non-rapid eye movement (REM
) or slow-wave
sleep. The individual is not fully conscious and typically does not remember the episode in the morning. It is one of the parasomnias
Also Known As: Parvor nocturnus, Sleep terror
My son had night terrors when he was young. It was very frightening because he would suddenly be screaming and crying uncontrollably.