If your child suffers from night terrors, it can be stressful and frightening for you, as well. Night terrors are scary life-like dreams from which it is very hard to wake. Often a child may cry out, ask for help, thrash, kick, and scream -- but cannot be comforted. Because he is so deep into the dream, he cannot hear the person trying to wake him, even though the child may look at you and seem to be awake.
The cause of night terrors isn't known. About 10% of children have them as a result of undergoing anesthesia for surgery. The terrors may last a couple of weeks after surgery.
Just can't get to sleep? Can't stay asleep? Waking up too early? Not feeling refreshed and restored in the morning? Not functioning well during the day? You may have insomnia.
Up to about one-third of the population have symptoms of insomnia. Those with insomnia typically experience:
Decreased alertness and performance
Depression during the day and night
An over-emotional state (tense, worried, irritable, and...