By Tom DiChiara
The Rumor: Exercising at night can interfere with a good night's sleep
Maybe you're the kind of person who likes to lift weights while watching Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, go running in the park at 10 p.m. or practice Pilates after you've digested your dinner. If so, you've no doubt heard the rumblings that exercising at night is baaaaad for your sleep. After all, exercising raises your core body temperature, increases your heart rate and prompts your system to release stimulating...
The typical night terror episode usually begins approximately 90 minutes after falling asleep. The child sits up in bed and screams, appearing awake but is confused, disoriented, and unresponsive to stimuli. Although the child seems to be awake, the child does not seem to be aware of the parents' presence and usually does not talk. The child may thrash around in bed and does not respond to comforting by the parents.
Most episodes last one to two minutes, but they may last up to 30 minutes before the child relaxes and returns to normal sleep.
If the child does awaken during a night terror, only small pieces of the episode may be recalled. Usually, the child does not remember the episode upon waking in the morning.