Everyone has had one in their life; be it young, old, or middle. But who among us here on Iwaku has had such bad nightmares (these are actually two very different things) that they have kept you up? Let me shed some light into the subject of a night terror vs. a nightmare. Nightmare *Scary dreams caused by REM (Rapid Eye Movements) *When you have a nightmare, you remember it and wake up *They happen to occur in people that are stressed out or anxious about something Night Terrors *Night terrors occur during the Non Rapid Eye Movement stage of sleep *It is extreme anxiety and partial awakening *A person having a night terror will often scream in their sleep, breathe heavily, heart rate elevated. *Person may thrash and struggle in sleep *Won't hear/understand words of comfort, person suffering may not even be aware that you are there *Talking usually is not coherent *Won't remember details (does not mean that you won't remember the dream just not the hard details) *Sleep walking can be another problem with this So, to you brave Iwakuians, do you have constant nightmares? Or are there some out there that have night terrors? I am one of the poor bastards that suffers from night terrors. When I was a child (I have PTSD, have had it since I was a child after six years old), I suffered from them...bad. One night I had been having a bad one (I can't remember it) but my older sister tried to calm me down. I screamed and hit her right in the face, so hard we had to take her to the ER. I felt terrible but I didn't remember doing it. Slept in a new room and was sent to a child therapist. I get constant nightmares (tis actually why I am writing this cause I'm afraid to go to sleep...) . Any nightmares to this day that you remember?