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Dreamy Dad Podcast: Better Sleep And No More Night Terrors
10 minutes | Nov 7, 2015
Night Terror Medication: Do You Really Need It?
Do you really need night terror medication? There are 2 solutions to night terrors that require no medication, it is suggest you try these first.
9 minutes | Nov 6, 2015
Are Night Terrors Hereditory?
Are night terror hereditary and a result of genetics or are they caused by something in the child's environment? What do the studies say?
8 minutes | Nov 5, 2015
Does Your Toddler Tantrum At Night In Their Sleep?
Does you toddler tantrum at night in their sleep? Do they wake up crying, screaming and thrashing about and it seems to be difficult to console them? If so your toddler may be experiencing night terrors.
11 minutes | Nov 4, 2015
Are Night Terrors Dangerous?
Night terrors occur when your child has a tantrum while they are still asleep. Are night terrors dangerous and what can you do as a parent to stop them?
9 minutes | Nov 3, 2015
2 Night Terror Treatments Proven To Work
Here are 2 night terror treatments that are clinically proven to work. One is a product that goes under your childs bed and one is the little known method of schedule awakenings
22 minutes | Nov 2, 2015
Night Terror Stories and Solutions
Here are some real night terror stories and the solution they found from parents with children experiencing night terrors.
12 minutes | Nov 1, 2015
Night Terrors In Children And How To Stop Them
Night terrors in children are a common occurrence with up to 15% of children experiencing them at some point. Why do they occur and how can you stop them Night terrors in children. Why do they happen and what can we do to stop them? Night terrors are quite common in children, especially children from the ages from about 2 to anywhere up to about 6. Some studies say that anywhere from 1%-6% if children will experience night terrors at some point. Other studies say as much as up to 15% of young children will experience night terrors. So they are quite a common occurrence. However, not a lot of study has been done around night terrors, and so not a lot of people know how to treat them. So we're going to go into more detail in this episode about exactly what causes night terrors and what we can do, as parents, to stop our children having night terrors. And there are actually solutions to stop your children having night terrors. It's very common, especially in 3-year-olds. Most kids grow out of them by the age of 6 and the child also doesn't remember the night terror; which might be one of the reasons why this hasn't been studied very much, why people don't go into much detail into how to fix this problem. Because eventually, it stops being an issue. But, as a parent, experiencing a child going through a night terror, you know that this makes you extremely anxious, and it's extremely heartbreaking to see your child having a tantrum; not being awake and not being able to console them. So first, what is a night terror and why do they occur? Night terror occurs when a child goes to sleep and they might wake up suddenly crying or screaming or maybe even shouting. Often, it'll also have some thrashing about, where the child is just really restless. Sometimes quite aggressive or violent and the child will be unresponsive. So, if you try and calm your child down, if you try and talk to your child, if you try and wake your child up, you'll find that it's very difficult to do. And often, if you intervene as a parent, you actually extend the period of the night terror and you actually make it worse and make your child lash out even more. So, night terrors can be extremely concerning as parents, but don't be too concerned because night terrors occur when part of the brain wakes up while another part of the brain is still asleep. So the part of the brain that controls movement will become awake or get into the awake state, but the part of the brain that receives inp
12 minutes | Oct 31, 2015
Nightmares vs Night Terrors: What’s The Difference?
What is the difference between nightmares and night terrors? Nightmares and night terrors are very different and thus require different treatments. Nightmares versus night terrors. What is the difference? Is there a difference? Let us look at this because they are very different things and you need to treat them and respond to your child very differently if they are having a nightmare versus if they are having a night terror. Hey, I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com helping you understand night terrors and control your child's night terrors. So let us have a look at nightmares versus night terrors. What is the difference between the 2, how can we identify and what can we do to help our child through these things. So let us just first explain that they are not interchangeable. A lot of people might call a nightmare, where they are having a dream - that is a scary dream, they might call it a night terror because it is such a vivid dream and such a vivid experience and it really is terrifying for them. So they might call a nightmare a night terror but they are not actually interchangeable words and they are 2 very different occurrences. The only similarity they have is that they both happen when you are asleep. So let us look at nightmares which we will all understand and then look at night terrors which are a different one altogether. So nightmares generally occur during the REM sleep cycle. So you go into a light sleep, you fall into the REM sleep cycle where your eyes flicker around a lot and this is where your mind is really active and this is when you dream. So a nightmare is effectively a dream that is quite scary and makes you quite afraid. So nightmares are very vivid. Nightmares are things that you can remember so often when you wake up you will remember the nightmare that you have just had even though the memory might be a bit sketchy like you might not remember everything but you remember having had a nightmare and you may remember elements of the nightmare. You do not necessarily move during a nightmare. It is rare for people to move around while they are having nightmares. So this is, again, just like a dream state, you are in a dream state. Your body is not moving; you are just experiencing all of these in your head and often you can wake up quite terrified from a nightmare because you might not have realized that you were actually having a dream, that it was not actually reality. So you might wake up terrified, wake up scared and that is what a
8 minutes | Oct 30, 2015
How To Stop Night Terrors From Happening
How do you stop night terrors from happening all together? Good news is there are two techniques proven to stop night terrors in young children. How do you stop night terrors from happening? As a parent, it is a horrible experience to watch your child go through a night terror. A night terror occurs when your child wakes up suddenly and starts tantrum-ing: crying, screaming, thrashing about but they are not actually awake. And you cannot seem to wake them up. They are not responsive to you and if you try and intervene and try and help them, generally it results in something worse. The child gets more agitated, angrier, and more fearful. So it is a pretty horrible experience and something that we do not really want our kids to go through and something we do not want to go through as adults. Hey, I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com. I have 3 kids of my own and my son has night terrors. And I want to share with you how you can stop night terrors from happening because there is a solution and there is a treatment for night terrors, to stop them. So we talked a little bit about the experience of night terrors. Let us have a look at why night terrors happen so that we can intervene and we can stop them from happening. Night terrors, they do not actually know the exact cause of night terrors but what they do know is that children who have night terrors often also have more periods of what is called partial awakenings during your sleep. You all have your sleep cycles, you go into the deep REM sleep and you come out of it, but also throughout that you also have these partial awakenings where you might roll over or pull up the blankets or you might not move at all and generally you wake up for just a couple of seconds and you do not remember it. And so children who have night terrors have more of these partial awakenings and what tends to happen and what they think causes these night terrors is the child will have one of these partial awakenings but part of their brain will wake up, the motor area of their brain - the part that controls movement will wake up completely, but the part of their brain that receives input and that causes your child to be conscious does not wake up. So you have this experience where part of their brain is awake but part of their brain is still asleep and this is what causes night terrors and why a child seems to be unresponsive because only part of their brain is awake. The part that receives input, that part can hear you and understand yo
9 minutes | Oct 29, 2015
What Are The Symptoms Of Night Terrors?
What are the symptoms of night terrors? How can you identify if your child is having a night terror or not and what can you do to stop it happening? What are the symptoms of night terrors? How do you know if your child is having a night terror or not? Hey! I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com and I have 3 kids and my son who is 3 years old has night terrors. Night terrors are very stressful experiences as a parent and I wanted to talk through some of the symptoms of night terrors so you can see whether or not your child is having night terrors. And then I will also talk about some of the possible solutions to stop this night terrors from happening which is what we really want to achieve. So night terror, what does it look like? Well, some of the symptoms is a sudden awakening or partial awakening of your child. Generally for most parents, a child goes to sleep and within an hour to 2 hours, maybe 3 hours, your child will all of a sudden wake up and will wake up in a distress state. Now it can happen outside of that but a lot of parents do experience that. So sudden awakenings, they might be sitting up in bed, they are often crying or shouting or screaming or thrashing about; they are having this very intense experience or what seems like some intense experience where they are really really upset. So they might be crying or screaming or yelling or thrashing about - thrashing about is definitely common with my son. They might like have a fear from an unknown source. They might have this look that they are experiencing quite an intense fear or terror and you do not know what is causing it or you do not know if it is something in their minds, you do not know why they are so scared. With night terror, it could be extremely hard to wake your child up and if you do get to wake them up, they will wake up confused. So the reason why it is hard to wake your child up is because a night terror occurs when the part of the brain wakes up and another part of the brain does not. So the part of your brain that controls motor functions or movements wakes up but the part of your brain that receives inputs and that is conscious does not wake up. So your child is actually still asleep but the part of the brain that controls movement is awake. So it is very hard to wake them up because part of their brain is awake and part of their brain is asleep and so even though it looks like they are awake and they are having a tantrum, they are not actually awake. And we know this because t
13 minutes | Oct 28, 2015
How To Deal With Night Terrors
How do you deal with night terrors? What should you do to help your child during a night terror and what can you do to stop night terrors from happening? How to deal with night terrors when they happen as well as things you can do to stop night terrors from happening to your child. Hi, I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com and I am trying to help people like yourself stop night terrors in their children. So how do you deal with night terrors when they happen? What should you do as a parent when your child is having a night terror? Now if you are not 100% sure what a night terror is, it is generally when your child goes to bed and then they wake up during the night. Generally it is just an hour or two after they go to bed and they are having a tantrum: crying or screaming or shouting. They could be really fearful. But the problem is they are not actually awake so they are very unresponsive to you. In fact if you try and help them and soothe them, often it makes it worse. So night terrors occur when the part of the child's brain that controls their movement wakes up but the part of the brain that receives the inputs and that is conscious does not wake up. So they are still asleep but they are moving around and having a tantrum. So they are very difficult to deal with as a parent and there is not a lot you can do. But I want to give you some tips and some advice as well as talk about how you can actually stop this from happening because there is a solution for night terrors. So when your child has a night terror, it is advised by clinicians and doctors to actually leave the child alone. They say by impeding or by trying to solve and stop the night terror you are actually more likely to make things worse and that night terrors will stop on their own. Now for each child is different. Some children will have night terrors for 5 or 10 minutes. Other children will have them for 40 or 50 minutes. Some children even have them for an hour and a half to 2 hours. So depending on your child would depend on whether you actually want to intervene and stop this night terror or not. Now remember, your child is not actually awake so they will not remember this night terror in the morning. They do not actually know this is happening. So despite the fact that they look like they are in massive distress and I know, my son is 3 years old and he has night terrors. They look like they are in distress, they are having a horrible time and you want to help them as a parent. It is natu
8 minutes | Oct 27, 2015
Possible Night Terror Solution – Lully Sleep
I want to share with you a night terror solution that stopped night terrors in my child. It's called Lully Sleep and it's an awesome product. Hi guys! In this video I want to share with you a possible solution to your child's night terrors. Hi, I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com. I created a website because my son has night terrors. I found a solution for it. There is not a lot out there and I wanted to help you guys. So I am in my kids' bedroom which you can see. There is my son's bed and there is my daughter's bed. She has princesses and my son has a robot, lots of toys on the floor because they have been playing this morning. We have 3 children and we had a sick baby so we are a bit sleep-deprived. My wife and I, when the alarm goes off we do not necessarily get up straight away so my kids like to play and they might make a bit of a mess in the room. So what I am going to show you is called the Lully and it is a device that goes under your child's bed and actually vibrates and stops night terrors. It is pretty crazy. I will explain in detail what it is and why it works but first I am going to show you how it looks like and how it works. So let me just turn the camera around. So we have my son's bed and underneath the bed - let me just open this up for you, is the Lully. This is just a towel to help stop the rattling but this is the Lully here and it is in this little felt cover and if you take the Velcro off you can see that it is just a plastic pod sort of thing there. So this is actually just a vibrating pod and it just sits in between the slats of your child's bed and then this goes through and plug into the power outlet on your wall and that is basically it and what it looks like. So it goes under your child's bed and then you lower the mattress down. I would like to put it about where their bodies are going to be so not on their head, not on their feet but just right in the middle. So it just sits under the bed and once a night you go in before your child has a night terror. The Lully app actually tells you what to do and you turn it on and it vibrates. So I will just turn it on so you guys can hear the vibrations. I am not sure you guys can hear that. I am trying to hold the microphone closer... so it just vibrates like that when your child is asleep and you use the app, which I am going to go ahead and show you now, to actually turn the Lully on and it actually indicates to you when you should do this. And then we are going to discuss the reas
12 minutes | Oct 26, 2015
What Are Night Terrors And How Can You Stop Them?
What are night terrors and how can you stop them from occurring in your child? Night terrors cause a child to scream and thrash during their sleep. What are night terrors? Why do they happen and how can you stop them? Hi. I am Ryan from DreamyDad.com and I have 3 kids of my own and my son who is 3 years old currently has night terrors about once or twice per week. Night terrors are very scary occurrences for you as a parent. Generally what happens is your child will go to sleep, nothing out of the normal. But about an hour or two into their sleep cycle, sometimes a bit more than that, they will wake up crying, screaming, sometimes even tantrum-ing or lashing out aggressively. But the problem is they are not actually awake. So they are crying and they are tantrum-ing but they are not actually awake. In fact if you as a parent go in and try to help them, try and soothe them, try and talk to them, it actually often makes it worse. It is a very hard situation as a parent to watch your child having these episodes and to not be able to do anything about it. So a night terror is an experience that your child has when they are enter a sleep state where a part of their brain wakes up but another part of their brain does not. So the part of their brain that wakes up is the part that controls the movement of their body but the part of their brain that can actually receive input, become conscious, that is not actually awake. So you will find that your child may have a night terror but in the morning they will have no recollection of that night terror because they were not actually awake. Generally when we go to sleep, our body and our brain works so that we are not moving around, acting out our dreams. We have all had crazy dreams sometimes and you can imagine that if you were acting out everything that you performed in your dreams. That would be a pretty crazy experience for your spouse or partner who is sleeping with you. And so our bodies suppress our movements when we are sleeping to stop that from happening and so we can get rest and so we can get better. But what happens with night terrors is that that part of the brain that controls movement will wake up and will begin acting out but the part of the brain that receive input and could be conscious is not actually awake. So your child is not awake but this is happening. I now want to talk about why this has happened and then we are going to talk about some possible solutions and how you can actually stop
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