Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sleep Terror

Today i think Esmee had a sleep terror. At least that is the only explanation i can think of for her suddenly waking up screaming and calling for me, but when i went to her she couldn't 'see' me. She couldn't focus or even look at me, arching her back to get away from me, was so beside herself i thought she was going to pass out!
Thankfully it only lasted 10 minutes (but even that was too long!) and after she realised it was me she calmed down and went back to sleep.
She has been acting a bit like a princess - a spoilt one! - recently but i'm certain it wasn't an act. Will note this down and inform the pediatrician when we see him next month.

A quick google search has brought up this if anyone is interested:

Sleep terror disorder is also known as "night errors." Sleep terror is characterized by the following symptoms that a professional looks for when making a diagnosis for this condition:

Recurrent episodes of abrupt awakening from sleep, usually occurring during the first third of the major sleep episode and beginning with a panicky scream.

Intense fear and signs of autonomic arousal, such as tachycardia, rapid breathing, and sweating, during each episode.

Relative unresponsiveness to efforts of others to comfort the person during the episode.

No detailed dream is recalled and there is amnesia for the episode.

The episodes cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.

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