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Night Terrors are a medical ailment and not demon posession. Night terrors have been shown to appear in stage 4 of sleep. Night terrors are transitory, so medical help is often unnecessary, but options may range from treatment of sleep apnea to prescription of benzodiazepines and psychotherapy. Night terrors are most often confused with nightmares, but unlike night terrors, a child having a nightmare is usually easily woken up and comforted. Night terrors seem to occur in cycles. Night terrors occur in at least 5 percent of young children, and can start as early as 9 months.

Night terrors are more common in boys than in girls. Night terrors are more common in children than adults, tend to run in families and usually start before the age of 10 (most common age two to six). Night terrors typically occur about 2 or 3 hours after a child falls asleep, when sleep transitions from the deepest stage of non-REM sleep to lighter REM sleep, a stage where dreams occur. Night terrors usually last around 5-10 minutes, and may happen more than once during the same night.

Night terrors in adults is not normal.

Night terrors and sleepwalking often run in families. People who have night terrors are usually described as 'bolting upright' with their eyes wide open, with a look of fear and panic, and letting out a 'blood curdling scream'.