I am 29 years old and have had night terrors since I was five. In the past 10 years, I have 2-3 awakenings a week due to night terrors. Most often I will see people in the room, coming out of the wall, spiders, cats, and movement under the covers.
Often times my fiance will tell me what I said or did because I don’t remember what happened at all. He will hear me talking (when he’s in the TV room) and come in. Like another letter I read on your site, the light coming on awakenings me. But, it also serves as a preventative measure. When he is supportive and calmly agrees with me and is not challenging, I readily go back to sleep.
I have had many embarrassing situations related to my behavior during a night terror. I awake frightened and shaking, sometimes insisting that it was real. Other times I don’t recall it at all. I have slept walk into other rooms and gone back to bed and had no recollection of it.
Is there a book that you would suggest I get for added information regarding night terrors? It is such a strange phenomenon and I would really like to learn more about it. Another note that you may find interesting, I fall immediately back to sleep about 90% of the time. Only a few times have I had to calm down to go back to sleep. These usually occur withing the first 20 minutes of sleep.
I could go on and on and share stories with you. Please keep up this web page as it adds “normalcy” to those of us who deal with this sleep disorder.
—Kim, Age 29, Female, Engaged, Baldwinsville, NY, USA