My son of 14 months each night to sleep properly at 18.30. But an hour or 23.00 he wakes up in a panic. He cries and screams then very hard and does not seem to see us. We can not even comfort him, he does not respond to what we do or say. We then wait until it passes. Then he sleeps again just by up to 7.00. He seems not to remember, but it does not seem good for him and for us it is very nasty. What can we do about this?
Officially this is a sleep / panic disorder. But it is actually not a real disorder. This situation is relatively common in healthy children and is typical of that age. After the preschool age is actually no more.
Increasingly they are heated, loud shrieking awake. They make a confused impression and there is no need to contact them. After a while, they fall back to sleep and the next day everything is forgotten. It is therefore anything but a nightmare. In addition, there is fear, but is the dream the next morning still very clear mind.
The sleep / panic disorders are not related to anxiety or something. It’s probably more an immature sleep pattern changes over time. It is part of the development of sleep. For parents it does look grim, but the child is silently ignored. You do so also worry about it, it does not come from something bad and has no unpleasant consequences. Now that you know this, you can perhaps handle them better