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Night Terrors- could anyone help with my problem?


Lisa O`Brien
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Hello,I suppose I ought to go to see my doctor about this,but to be honest,I wouldn`t know where to begin. Plus you get all of 3 minutes to explain. As well as being a lifelong,very heavy snorer,I also suffer from night terrors. I don`t always remember what I dream about but I will,very regularly,according to my 16 yr old son,absolutely scream my head off while i`m asleep. This happened just last night. I remembered last night what I was screaming about. I was imagining someone in the room while I was asleep,watching me,then walking towards me,then I heard footsteps coming towards me. It`s nearly always the same theme. I just mentioned this today to a friend who suggested I place Nag Champa around the room. But it`s not just the room/house. 2 years ago when I was admitted to hospital on 7 separate occasions,all the other patients on the same ward the next day would complain they got hardly any sleep. I was either snoring as loud as a volcano [slight exaggeration,but you get the gist] or else I was screaming at the top of my lungs. I remember one time the nurse leaning over me to see if I was alright as I was , apparently,screaming so loud. She inadvertently woke me up,and I went completely mental,screaming even more,waving my arms trying to get her away from me. They even wrote it down in my notes as it was so unusual. Needless to say,with both the snoring and screaming,all next day I am usually exhausted. I really don`t want to bother my doctor with this; he has plenty other people to deal with who have far more urgent needs than me. Just thought i`d ask on this Forum if anyone has any suggestions,not so much for the snoring,but for the other? Thanks.

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Well if you suffer from sleep apnoea......where you actually stop breathing for periods .......often accompanied by heavy snoring that is a matter for your GP as its bad for the heart.

 

My partners sisters husband has started wearing this strange looking mask thing which keeps the airways open but he says he is feeling so much better.....as he used to get so tired not having had a proper nights sleep. He had tried all sorts of other things but this is the only thing that has worked for him. I believe they are reasonably common these days.

 

You could......again via GP get referred to the sleep disorders investigation unit.....if you are lucky enough to have one at your local hospital and you go in for certain periods to sleep there while they measure what's going on with the brain etc.

They will then advise if its out of their hands or not to treat.

 

It could just be some weird recurring nightmare which some people do have........but there may be something else behind the screaming which could be associated with childhood experiences so again a GP referral may be in order if you think it's worth investigating in this area.

So although you may not want to "bother" your GP my feeling is that this could be a good idea for you even if dealing with the physical level of problems.

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Actually was thinking.....can you pinpoint the time you started having these screaming episodes.......as not everything goes back to childhood but could be from a later time .......which has created some unresolved emotional issues.......

If you want to continue to have a chat about this perhaps you could PM me.....if you want....as its so personal etc.

 

But anyway could be an idea to check the sleep apnoea first. :)

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I too think perhaps you should see a doctor. Your snoring may well be disturbing your sleep but if it is not (and some people snore loudly and sleep soundly) then the tiredness could be down to another issue so get yourself checked out.  As for the night screaming - aswell as thinking about when they might have started, think if there is anything in particular about the nights you do scream - something upset you during the day, periods of stress etc.  My father used to on occasion sit bolt upright in bed, sweating profusely and shout 'get out' or a mumbled version of it pointing to the corner of the room.  It used to frighten the living daylights out of my poor mother but talking it through she eventually got to the bottom of it.  I don't think night terrors are something you can 'cure' by yourself so whether you see your GP or have someone close you can confide in, if you want rid of the screams I think you will need to speak to someone.  Just an opinion though I have no personal experience or expertise.

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It sounds like a referral from GP to a specialist sleep clinic might help with both issues. Re the night terrors, if it happens at a similar time each night then set an alarm to wake yourself a bit before as this will alter the sleep cycle. You only remember dreams if you wake in the middle of a phase of rapid eye movement sleep.

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Definitely see GP about the problem. Have you looked at the Snoring Society website? Really informative. http://www.britishsnoring.co.uk/?

 

My husband used to be a heavy snorer but by using a mouthguard type device at night, that he bought online from a link on this site, we seem to have cracked the problem. He used to stop breathing sometimes - really frightening for me!

 

Good Luck

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Thank you so much everyone for all your help and advice. Think I will phone and make an appointment to see my GP in the morning. It will probably be next week before I get to see him, but it`s probably the best place to start. It`s my birthday today [i`m 46], and i`ve had a really nice day, so i`m kind of hoping I have a quiet night so my lovely day isn`t spoiled.!!

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Did you listen to Desert Island Discs today? I thought of you because the children's author and Laureate Mallorie Blackman says she went through a period of having nightmares and waking up in the night screaming! It's repeated Friday morning if you missed it.

 

Am glad you will have a chat with GP anyway.

And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! And wishing you a very quiet night :) :) xx

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