Night Terrors Topic Guide
Night Terrors: Night terrors comprise a sleep disorder distinctly different from nightmares, which are normal and happen during REM sleep. Intense fear and/or crying over multiple episodes during sleep characterize night terrors, which usually occur in children. Rarely, tricyclic antidepressants are prescribed in severe cases, but the disorder usually is not harmful and resolves itself.
Sleepwalking Sleepwalking is a sleep disorder or "parasomnia." It is characterized by complex action and walking during sleep. This is common in children in early and middle adolescence. The sleepwalker doesn't remember what happens during these episodes.