Documenting & Researching Night Terrors

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Does it feel like you were just hit by a truck? You probably were.

One of the many stressers of night terrors is feeling the after effects of your dream. I know for myself that there are times when my dream causes me physical pain and when I awake in the morning I still feel the pain.

Some years ago I had dreams that I was running far away from something and when I got to a set of stairs, kept on falling and could not make it up the stairs. Every morning when I woke up the tops of my legs hurt and upon inspection I found multiple bruises on them. One night I awoke in the middle of my dream and found myself walking repeatedly into the desk in my room. This now made sense, the bruises were in perfect alignment with the top of my desk.

Recently I have been having dreams that I am rock climbing (without support or equipment) and fall off in a crushing blow to the ground. I do not die and sustain no injuries. However even in my dream I feel the wind knocked out of me and my body is aching in pain. When I awake in the morning I feel the same way, as though the wind has been knocked out of me and my body is quite sore with cramping in places like my neck, colar bone, back, rib cage, fronts of shins and the sides of my thighs. I have to admit, the scariest things I have ever seen have taken place in my dreams alone, and after many years of watching reruns and going through the same horror, sometimes I wake up panicked and frightened and other times just annoyed and angry that I had to dream at all. The pain issue is by far the most annoying effect of it all.

I was reading that waking with numbness can be due to lack of circulation, more so in feet, toes, fingers and hands. I admit I have woken in some Olympic winning positions and one side of my body will be completely numb. I know though, and can feel, that I have been laying on that particular limb or side of my body for extended periods of time. But what is it that makes you feel like you’ve been hit by truck in your dream and feel the affects when you awake?

I have been researching the appropriate medical term for this. As far as I have come I have read that when you dream of physical pain/hurt in your dream and awake with the pain it is due to physical/muscle recall. For myself I have been hit twice by a Ford150, so I am experienced with the crushing pain one can experience from it. From this I would currently gather that falling from a cliff has triggered muscle memory and psychophysical recall causing me pain. But even with this explanation, it’s very limited and only answers 15% of my questions. Surely there must be a medical/formal term for this no? Unfortunately I do only have limited resources to me as I am not a doctor nor do I have a crystal ball unto my path. But if I find or come up with anything else, I’ll be sure to post.


Parasomnia: Part I

par·a·som·ni·a (pār’ə-sŏm’nē-ə)
n. Any of several disorders that frequently interfere with sleep, occurring especially among children and including sleepwalking, night terrors, and bed-wetting.

[Probably para-1 + (in)somnia.]

Parasomnias are a category of sleep disorders that involve abnormal and unnatural movements, behaviors, emotions, perceptions, and dreams that occur while falling asleep, sleeping, between sleep stages, or arousal from sleep. Most parasomnias are dissociated sleep states which are partial arousals during the transitions between wakefulness and NREM sleep, or wakefulness and REM sleep.

What are the symptoms of insomnia and parasomnia? Insomnia is poor sleep, whereas parasomnia is the presence of abnormal events in sleep. When insomnia or parasomnia persists most nights a week for weeks, it can cause increased tension, decreased energy, and personality and mood changes. Movement disorders such as restless legs at bedtime can cause difficulty falling asleep. In this condition, the legs feel restless when going to bed, and moving them about helps. This is usually accompanied by periodic limb movements (PLMs) or jerks of the arms or legs which cause repeated arousals. Sleep apnea can cause non-refre…

* Primary parasomnias arise without an underlying physical cause and may be classified by the stage of sleep in which they occur, as REM, Non-REM (NREM) or miscellaneous (no specific stage affected). They are also classified diagnostically on the basis of their characteristic presentation.
* Secondary parasomnias are disorders caused by accompanying physical/psychiatric disturbance leading to sleep-related symptoms, e.g. seizures, cardiac dysrhythmia or dysfunction, respiratory dysfunction and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
* Dyssomnias such as insomnia, in contrast, are disorders of the initiation, timing, quality, maintenance or phasing of sleep and are not usually associated with aberrant behaviour or experiences.

* Night terrors and sleepwalking are sometimes called arousal parasomnias.
* Sleep disorders are being reported more often as they become more recognised and deemed as suitable conditions for treatment by the medical profession.2
* A Turkish survey of pre-adolescent school-aged children found a 14.4% prevalence of parasomnias. About 1 in 6 children had at least one parasomnia. Bruxism, nocturnal enuresis (considered by some to be a parasomnia) and night terrors were the most common types.