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 : Treatment

Treating night terror episodesEdit

The consensus for treating night terror episodes is three-pronged: gentleness, disposal of anything nearby that might hurt the subject, and avoiding loud voices or movements that might frighten the subject further. It is also critical to remember that the person experiencing the terror is unaware that they are dreaming. As a result, they may become even more agitated if her or she is told that "it was just a dream," as they are quite convinced that what they are experiencing is real. The quickest remedy is simply to calm the person and convince him or her to "go back to sleep" (although they are, in fact, already asleep). Night terrors are so transitory that medical help is often unnecessary, but options may range from treatment of sleep apnea to prescription of benzodiazepines and psychotherapy.

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