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Nightmares and sleep terrors

L Scribante

Abstract




Nightmares are common in childhood and concern regarding underlying psychological or physical causes should only be investigated when nightmares become frequent, are present for a prolonged period of time or are associated with day-time behavioural or performance dysfunction. Sleep terrors may be provoked by a number of factors, such as: fever, sleep deprivation, urinary bladder distension, a noisy environment and central nervous system depressants. This article discusses the differences between nightmares and sleep terrors and provides a management approach for the family practitioner.

South African Family Practice Vol. 49 (6) 2007: pp. 26-27



http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/20786204.2007.10873573
AJOL African Journals Online