There are many people who encounter abnormal sleeping conditions and one that may not be highlighted much but is prevalent is known as Sudden Awakening. This syndrome is sometime referred to as night terror because suffers are often wake up suddenly during sleep and this may be accompanied by a feeling of terror and gasping. Usually after such an episode, a person will normally be able to regain composure and get back sleep again. Sudden awakening usually happens during periods when a period when there is no rapid eye movement and little or no dreaming is going on. Majority of those who are affected by this syndrome do not remember the awakening episodes because they are quite intense and the subject is not aware of their surroundings.
It is not uncommon for sleeping disorder patients to experience nocturnal awakenings. Sleep apnea sufferers for instance have restricted breathing during sleeping hours and these lapses may cause the body to react by sudden awakening.
There are different stages of sleep and in normal case it is necessary for an individual to go through them without any interruptions. Many bodily and mental functions are dependent on sufficient uninterrupted sleep in order to ensure the overall optimal bodily functions. Majority of recorded cases for this condition occur in children ranging from the ages of two to six. However, this is not to say that it cannot happen to people of other ages.
In some instances, the symptoms of this condition will appear for several weeks and thereafter disappear. The symptoms often vary from one individual to another and in severe cases; a sufferer may even have some hallucinations after awakening hence the adoption of the name night terrors. There are numerous factors that can cause one of this night episodes and many studies have pointed to sleep apnea and emotional distress as one of the major triggers of night awakenings. For instance it is common in children who have undergone a certain degree of trauma or those who have a physiological condition. Certain studies have also linked the condition to genetics therefore underlining the fact that it may be passed on form parents to their children.
Although this condition occurs both in old and young people, causes and effects of the syndrome are usually divergent. It is for this reason that the medication that is administered is normally different. The most common way of managing sudden awakenings is through psychotherapy or prescription medicine. Sometimes both may be administered concurrently. Having a sleep schedule is important for sufferer and in some cases it has been suggested that it would be advisable for a person to physically woken up just before an awakening episode begins. This is said to reduce stress that may accompany the episode.
Adults who experience this disorder are often known to have underlying issues such as depression or having gone through abusive situations, and may need more specialized treatment because of the multiplicity of the factors involved in their form of the condition. The reason that a person with this disorder is advised to seek specialized help is because the condition may be a direct cause of another ailment, therefore a thorough assessment of a person’s medical state is required. Medical follow ups are also necessary so as to try and track the pattern of the conditions and find out whether the situation is getting better or worse.