It's 11:00 p.m. Sam has started crying in his sleep twice saying, "I want to go home." I try to hold him but he strikes out. In todays earlier post I got quite a few comments about these being night terrors. I googled night terrors and found the following facts interesting:
* the typical age range is 4-12
* occur as children transition from non-REM sleep to lighter REM sleep
* happen within the first 2-3 hours of a child's sleep
* are a result of a child's immature nervous system
* 80 percent of kids get them genetically
* triggers include lack of sleep, overtiredness, stress, new sleeping arrangement, going to bed with a full bladder, taking a new medication, or anything that disrupts sleep such as obstructive sleep apnea
* if prolonged (greater than 10 minutes), they happen more than twice per week, or are causing significant distress to the family, it's reasonable to have them evaluated by a specialist to rule out any coexisting medical condition, such as a movement disorder or obstructive sleep apnea
I think I'll call the pediatrician in the morning.....prayers needed....
UPDATE: I've basically been awake all night....Sam cries out in his sleep often. It's not just contained to his first 2-3 hours of sleep. I hope the doctor can tell us something....