Nightmares usually occur in REM (rapid eye movement) or dreaming sleep. The sufferer is usually aware very quickly that they have experienced a bad dream. In contrast, night terrors emerge out of deep sleep (slow wave sleep). The sufferer displays and may experience extreme fright. As they have awoken out of deep sleep, it may be very difficult to console them. The carer should not be perturbed as the condition is usually self-limiting and benign.
Night Terrors Resource Center
A site dedicated to finding more information. Links and a message board.
Nightmares and Night Terrors: The Horror Movies of the Mind
UCB Parents Advice: Night Terrors
Advice on children's night terrors.
Last update:January 2, 2007 at 16:34:41 UTC