Jul 18, 2018
Throughout my work with clients I've found Nightmares and Night
Terrors are vastly misunderstood. On today's episode I aim to
educate you on the difference between night mares and night
terrors, as well as give you strategies to help you child cope with
- Nightmares tend to occur
several hours after going to bed or in the very early hours of the
morning during REM sleep.
- Children DO respond to comfort
and reassurance. They also may be reluctant to go back to sleep
until they feel safe.
- Nightmares occur during the
stage of sleep when the brain is very active and sorting through
experiences and new information for learning and memory. Since
these images are so vivid your child might not be able to
distinguish what’s real and what’s not real.
- Night Terrors tend to occur 2-3
hours after going to bed and during deep non-REM sleep.
- Only children ages 2.5 years + can experience a night
- Children DO NOT respond to
efforts of comfort and reassurance and it’s best not to wake them
during a Night Terror.
- Children will not remember
Night Terrors and are not awake during their episodes. There are no
mental images for the child to recall from their
Overtiredness is one main cause for both night mares and
night terrors. To help your child work through these, try adjusting
their bedtime 15 minutes earlier to see a difference in their
*AAP Chart on how much sleep your
child needs by age.*
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Music by Chad Campbell