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Sleep Terror Disorder Treatments

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

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Kinds of Sleep Terror Disorder Treatments are Available?

Children suffering from night terror usually find the condition disappearing as they reach adolescent, and does not find standard medical treatment necessary. Parents are often advised to adjust the sleeping habits of their children that will help them obtain more sleep time and to eliminate the stressful conditions in the child’s life. Parents can determine the time when the night terror occurs and they can fully awaken the child about 15 minutes before that time. Then the child can be asked to go back to sleep 4 to 5 minutes after waking up. Parents can discontinue waking up the child once the terror stops usually within a week. 6

Severe cases of sleep terror disorder usually merit the prescription of antidepressants such as imipramine and benzodiazepine drug that help relieve tension, nervousness and insomnia. Psychotherapy is also advocated wherein the patient is given the chance to express their concerns and problems that may also contribute to their disturbed sleep. Avoidance of common stressors can also be helpful.

Because there is no adequate treatment for sleep terror disorder the proper management of the condition is self education and educating the family members on the proper way to deal with the condition during each episode. 7 If sleep terror disorder is associated with an underlying medical or mental condition the treatment is aimed in correcting and treating the underlying problem. 8

Hypnosis, biofeedback, calming music, as well as relaxation techniques are some of the alternative treatments for sleep terror disorder.

Could You Have Sleep Terror Disorder?

Sleep Terror Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

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