Welcome Back!

User Name
Password
Not Registered?

Tell us a little about yourself.

My child’s birthday is (for newsletter customization):

Enter an email address:

This is where your newsletters will be delivered to and where GreatDad.com will contact you with your new account information.

father's forum

A place to discuss, learn and share ideas, thoughts and solutions.
Latest Posts

How Fathers can help in Br...
Posts: 1 Views: 54

Hi everyone
Posts: 1 Views: 394

Gifts for Father's Da...
Posts: 18 Views: 1625

Which camera to choose?
Posts: 1 Views: 784

SEEKING FUN-FRESH CONTESTA...
Posts: 1 Views: 825

hi mom!

Would you like to share this site with your husband or a friend?

Just enter his email address and your name below and we'll let him know all about GreatDad.com.

His email address
Your Name

The difference between Night Terrors and Nightmares

Author GreatDad Writers
Submitted 24-01-2007

Night terrors – which have a physiological cause – are very different from nightmares or other night awakenings caused by previous psychological trauma.


 


A few months after Shelia Jordan’s granddaughter was born, the infant survived a car wreck that killed her mother. Today, at 3 years old, Jordan’s granddaughter is haunted by nightmares triggered after she hears loud noises reminiscent of the car crash, Jordan believes.


 


Unlike night terrors, which are largely caused by a physical reaction, nightmares can be caused by the subconscious recollection of a traumatic incident, says Dr. Paul Saskin, clinical director of Sunrise Hospital’s Regional Center for Sleep Disorders in Las Vegas, Nev.


 


The difference between night terrors and nightmares is simple, Dr. Saskin says. With night terrors, the child has an active body and sleeping brain. With nightmares, the opposite is true, enabling the child to recount a nightmare and welcome reassurance from parents.