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Night terrors and nightmares


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Nightmares are bad dreams you wake up from and can remember. If you have night terrors, you may move about, talk or scream while still asleep.

Common causes of night terrors and nightmares include being very tired, stressed or anxious, or conditions such as restless legs syndrome.

Things you can try to help night terrors or nightmares include a relaxing bedtime routine and keeping a sleep diary to find out what the cause may be.

Treatments for nightmares can include counselling and managing any conditions that affect your sleep.

Many children have nightmares and night terrors when they sleep, but most grow out of them. Some adults can also have them.

Page last reviewed: 21/04/2022
Next review due: 21/04/2025