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HVP - September 2014

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Page 30 of 45 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 29 running with a real look of terror on their face and may include loud screaming," she says. "A true night terror also includes the possibility of the child hurting themselves or breaking things. This is much rarer to see." 'Confusional events' Through her research, Edmonds also found that there is some con- fusion between a true night terror and what is also known as a "con- fusional event." Confusional events occur when a child's body is in a deep stage of sleep and trying to come out. "During these transitional periods, the body's 'drive to wake' and 'drive to sleep' meet head on. Most of the time they can make these transitions smoothly — they might just moan, roll over, grab their blanket. But sometimes when these two drives meet, they collide head on and in a sense create a collision with the brain and body and this creates a sleep terror or confusional event." 5$KHDOWK\SUHJQDQF\" 5%HLQJDQHZSDUHQW" 5

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