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Since I was a child, I have had sleep issues. What I am trying to figure out right now is if I have night terrors. I wake up most nights with at least a startle. Many times it is in relation to my husband making a noise like a cough or him moving. Other times, I wake up screaming. I have no recollection of any dream preceding the awakening. Sometimes I wake up and see things--flying spiders, things crawling on the walls, things falling on me, a person standing in the room. Sometimes I wake up totally disoriented. I can't figure out where I am, or, more disturbing, who is in the bed with me. I takes me several minutes to try to answer these questions. I wonder if I am experiencing night terrors, but I vividly remember these episodes. I thought with night terrors, people have no recollection of the event. Do you have any thoughts?
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I'm so sorry, MagicDragon I have never experienced this, so unfortunately I don't have a lot of advice to give. From what you wrote, it sounds very stressful. I'd suggest to talk to a doctor about this and see how it goes from there. Maybe that could help. Hopefully he/she will be able to help you. Even if you're not having night terrors, you'll still get the treatment you need and deserve. I'm so sorry, I know it's hard. I hope you'll feel better soon. Stay safe and take care of yourself. Try to keep an healthy lifestyle - eat well, do some exercise... It may seem small, but I think it goes a long way! I'm so sorry, I wish I've had more advice to give to you. Try to hang on. You can do this! You're strong, I know that. I believe in you. Is there anything we can do to help you? Please let us know. Remember that we're here for you if you need it. Feel free to PM me anytime. Let me know if I can do something to help you. Wish you good luck! Let us know how it goes. Sending many hugs to you
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I don't have anything to offer with regard to this myself. I've experienced episodes of sleep paralysis for many years. But while sleep paralysis can be terrifying it doesn't resemble what you describe. Here are links to 3 articles, from PC's archives, on the subjects of sleep terrors & nightmares:

Sleep Terror Symptoms

Things that go "Ahhhhh!" in the Night

Nightmare Disorder Symptoms
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Hello MagicDragon. Going by my own experience and understanding of night terrors, there may need to be a profound sense of fear or dread present before it can be called a 'night terror'. I'm not an expert of course, but I'd say you're definitely experiencing some sort of significant sleep disturbance at the very least.
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