I am told by my family that I yell, scream, cry, and swear terribly in my sleep. I don't know I am doing it. It's been going on for 10 years. I am embarrassed. Please help. I am a 62 year old female.
Doctors Answers (4)
You are experiencing parasomnias-undesirable behaviors in sleep. There are many causes of Parasomnias. I recommend that you find a sleep professional to discuss.
Night terrors can often be eliminated or significantly reduced with medication taken at bedtime. Your physician can refer you to a sleep specialist who can prescribe the medication.
A night terror is when the brain has difficulty switching from one stage of sleep to another; they are not nightmares. A very common reason to develop night terrors in middle-age is obstructive sleep apnea. I recommend talking with your health professional or contacting any sleep disorders facility for screening. A sleep study may be necessary to confirm the true diagnosis.
Night terrors is typically managed by a Board Certified Sleep Physician with medication.