Problem

Sleep terror disorder

Other Names:
Pavor nocturnus
Night terror
Nature:
A sleep disorder involving abrupt awakening from sleep with behaviour consistent with terror. The cause is unknown but night terrors are commonly associated with periods of emotional tension, stress or conflict.
Incidence:
Night terror occurs most often in pre-adolescent boys, although it can occur in girls and in adults. It is fairly common in children 3 to 5 years old, and incidence usually reduces greatly after that. It may run in families. Night terror can occur in adults, especially with emotional tension and/or the use of alcohol.
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Subject(s):
Physiology
Pathology
Date of last update
27.11.2001 – 00:00 CET