Night Terrors in Babies : What is it?
The very first thing that parents need to take note about, is what exactly night terror is? Some people mistaken night terror as a nightmare. But the truth is, there is a difference between night terrors and nightmares which we cannot put them into the same category. So, what actually the difference? Nightmare is the moment where your babies experience it during their sleep. It usually happens during their late sleep. Which is early in the morning. They usually wake up in fear or upset. You will need to be next to your baby so that your baby will feel safe. For toddlers, they even can remember what the nightmare was about and can tell you clearly what they have experienced. Moreover, when nightmare happens, usually you can put your babies back to their sleep after you have already comforted them. But night terror is very much different compare with a nightmare. Night terror usually happens at the two or third hour once your baby falls asleep. They will not respon any of your comfort. The other symptoms that you can observe is that they will wake up and sit upright with sweat all over their face and body. They will feel really scared but do not know the reason why.
Night Terrors in Babies : The Explanation Why This Happens
How night terrors in babies happen? Good question. Before we are going through the night terrors, we might want to go through two different phase on sleep time. There are two different phase while we sleep. The first phase is rapid eye movement phase and the second phase is non rapid eye movement phase. This two phases happen on us in order. The order is rapid eye movement phase and then non rapid eye movement phase. In rapid eye movement phase, we are unlikely to ‘shut down’ completely. By this term, it means that our brain is still working which makes us can be easily distracted or waken up just by hearing a hoarse sound. This is also the phase where we get a dream. Yes. Dream happens because our brain is still working and not completely shut down. This is why we cannot sleep if we stress ourselves out. Nightmares also happen in rapid eye movement. When your brain is not completely shutting down, you are starting to get a bad dream. This theory also leads to the fact that we can easily remember what the nightmare was about. Different with a night terror, night terrors happen during the non rapid eye movement phase. This is the phase when we fall into a deep sleep. Where we will not easily waken up by some noises. This is also why we cannot clearly explain why we feel scared. Because we were in a deep sleep and cannot remember what was happen.
In babies, once they fall into a deep sleep and suddenly waken up with fear in their face, sweating all over their body, they are most likely get a night terror. For toddlers or older children, there is even a possibility for them to experience a sleep walking.
Night Terrors in Babies : The Reason Why
What causes night terrors in babies? There are some factors which have the ability to cause a night terror in your babies. Overtired is one of them. The term of overtired here is refer to where your baby plays too much and does not get enough sleep. So, once your baby falls asleep, it is possible for your baby to experience a night terror. Please take note to all parents, we can always play with our babies but we also need to consider about their nap time and their sleep time. We would not wish to disadvantage our babies, right?
Other reason about night terrors in babies is an illness. Once you have a baby, you will experience the time when your baby is fine during the day and suddenly get a high fever at night. Even when you parents have already fallen asleep. You might not notice it before about your baby’s illness until your baby experience such a night terror. So, once your baby suddenly wake up in the middle of the night, with sweat all over his body and fear in his face, you are suggested to check your baby’s body temperature. Because illness takes a role in night terrors.
Sleeping in a new environment could also be the reason for night terrors in babies. You might experience this once you bring your baby to a trip and when you need to stay the night in a hotel. Babies are very sensitive about coziness. When they normally feel so comfortable in their crib and suddenly they need to sleep in an unfamiliar environment, the first thing that they will feel is uncomfortable. It would be harder for parents to put their babies to sleep. And once the baby has already fallen asleep, there is a chance of your baby to experience a night terror. So parents, it is better to sleep close next to your baby. Then, you can easily notice if there is something wrong that happens to your baby. But if you cannot sleep or stay close to your baby, it is better for you to get a baby monitor and then put it close to your baby.
The facts about night terrors in babies : Only few babies experience this condition. From the survey that has been collected, there is about 3-6% out of 100% babies in the world that experience such a night terrors. Cause usually, night terrors happen mostly to kids at the age of four until twelve during the non rapid eye movement phase or deep sleep phase.
In the end, night terrors in babies is not a dangerous thing that parents should be really worried about. To overcome this condition, the first and the best thing to do is to be available for your babies all the time. So that you can monitor them easily. Give them such a comfortable zone for your babies to sleep during either their nap time or their sleep time at night. It will reduce the chance of night terror comes to disturb their sleep.