“Let him sleep for when he wakes he will move mountains”
Now before I start, I would just to point out I know I’m not a doctor or an expert on this. I’m just explaining what happens to Lennon and how I help him when it’s happening. So bog off Mum police!
A night terror is not technically a dream, but more like a sudden reaction of fear that happens during the transition from one sleep stage to another. Night terrors usually happen about 2 or 3 hours after a child falls asleep, when sleep moves from the deepest stage. Sleep/night terrors usually begin in children aged between 3-12 years but I have spoken to a lot of people who’s babies go through them already.
The first time it happened was a few months back when he was at nursery, they explained to me about what happened and I guess I didn’t really believe them until I saw it for myself.
The first time I ever saw it, I was literally petrified, I wasn’t sure what what was going on and I definitely had no idea what to do. No matter what I was trying nothing was soothing Lennon and he was getting so worked up. I tried so much to wake him but nothing worked, in the end I just had to let him ride it out.
After he had finally fallen back into a normal sleep, I was up googling what was wrong all night, turns out its night terrors and there isn’t really anything you can do about them. I read so many articles, the main thing I read is that you shouldn’t try to wake them as it can make them more distressed.
When Lennon is going through a night terror he has hot sweats, his breathing goes funny, he screams a lot, he won’t wake up, stays very stiff and if he comes round and wakes up he seems dazed. To help him calm down I tend to sing nursery rhymes to him and just cuddle him until he sorts himself out and calms down. I just like to make sure he can’t hurt himself so I usually take him into my bed. Lennon doesn’t have them as often as some people I know, maybe once or twice a month. I don’t remember him ever having two in one night but I do know that can happen too.
If you have any more questions about night terrors please feel free to message me.
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