Monday, February 11, 2013


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....


Connie said...

My girls shout out fairly frequently as well. And from age 3-6, Abigail would be "awake" and sobbing, but wouldn't talk to us. We finally figured our that getting her to go to the bathroom calmed her down. Good luck.

Crystal said...

Our son went through the same thing. Our dr told us to actually get him out of bed wake him up calm him down and then put him back to bed. We dealt with this for about 6mths and eventually it went away.