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Sleep Terror Disorder Symptoms

(Also Known As: Sleep Disorder Symptoms, Pavor Nocturnus Symptoms, Incubus Symptoms, Sleep Problems Symptoms, Nightmare Symptoms, Night Terrors Symptoms, Night Terror Symptoms, Sleep Disorders Insomnia Symptoms)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What are the Symptoms of Sleep Terror Disorder?

The most common symptom of sleep terror disorder is one similar to the physical symptoms of extreme fear. 4 The symptoms are marked with the following characteristics:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Jolting motions of the legs and arms
  • Sudden upright sitting in the bed
  • Intense fear
  • Screaming
  • Crying
  • Fearful facial expression
  • Difficult to awaken
  • Often temporarily unconscious
  • Inability to recall the events of their dreams
  • They only recall the sense of fear without knowing what caused it
  • Confusion
  • Sudden awakening from sleep
  • Persisting fear and terror at night
  • Confusion
  • Difficult to comfort

The symptoms of sleep terror disorder can possibly cause distress in the social and occupational functioning of the person due to disturbed sleep and the sense of fear that they experience constantly at night. Individuals with episodes of sleep terror disorder may often wake up as if they are fighting over something with reported cases of persons jumping out of the windows or falling down stairs. 5 Some often react violently when being comforted and it is always impossible to bring them back to consciousness. The most common complication of the symptoms of sleep terror disorder is insomnia that has distressing outcome resulting from sleep deprivation of the person.

Could You Have Sleep Terror Disorder?

Sleep Terror Disorder Topics

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Dyssomnia – Difficulty Sleeping, Sleep Deprivation, Deprived Quality of Sleep, Insomnia, Lack of Sleep
Nightmare Disorder – Dream Anxiety Disorder, Nightmare, Moaning, Slight Body Movement, Alert and Oriented Upon Awakening
Parasomnia NOS – Abnormal Movement, Emotions, Behavior, Sleep Awakenings
Sleepwalking Disorder – Somnambulism, Walking Asleep, Parasomnia, Sleeping Disorder