10 Causes Of Night Terrors In Adults

Author By: Dr. Iliriana B., MD, Health Team on 13 Nov, 2018

Night terrors are something that not only children face. They can affect a small percentage of adults too. What are they really? Night terrors are episodes of intense fear and terror while sleeping. A night terror attack typically lasts about 30 seconds and up to 3 minutes, rarely longer, occurring usually in the first couple of hours after falling asleep. Nightmares, on the other hand, tend to occur toward the end of sleep. Night terrors are often accompanied by sleepwalking.

Possible symptoms of night terrors in adults are a sudden awakening from sleep fully or partially, thrashing, screaming, intense fear and terror of an unknown reason, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, increased blood pressure, dilated pupils and wide eyes, sweating, increased muscle tone, not remembering the event, etc. Here are the top 10 causes of night terrors in adults:

Night Terrors In Adults Cause #1: Physical or Emotional Stress

Physical or emotional stress is a problem that many adults deal with at a certain point in their life. Because stress affects the nerves and the brain, interrupting their normal functioning, it is easy to understand why night terrors are caused by physical or emotional stress.

During physical or emotional stress, people tend to overthink, which leads to the conclusion that night terrors in adults can evolve from an overactive mind. By reducing the physical or emotional stress you will also reduce the occurrence of night terrors. There are various ways how to eliminate and reduce stress starting from relaxation techniques, yoga, swimming, listening to music, reading, walking, etc.

Causes Of Night Terrors In Adults


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