Sleep Terror Disorder Causes

(Also Known As: Sleep Disorder Causes, Pavor Nocturnus Causes, Incubus Causes, Sleep Problems Causes, Nightmare Causes, Night Terrors Causes, Night Terror Causes, Sleep Disorders Insomnia Causes)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

What Causes Sleep Terror Disorder?

The main causes of sleep terror disorder remains unknown but most researchers hypothesized that the following are contributing causable factors for sleep terror disorder to occur:

  • Stress (physical, emotional, mental)
  • Fever
  • Emotional tension
  • Lack of sleep
  • Conflict
  • Delayed maturation of the central nervous system
  • Alcohol use
  • Familial factor

The night terror usually occurs within the 3rd and 4th stage of sleep (deep sleep) and why the sleep terror disorder is triggered during this stage of sleep remains to be unknown. The significant difference with night terror disorder from nightmares is that it occurs usually in the first half of the night while nightmares usually occur in the early morning. 3

Could You Have Sleep Terror Disorder?

Sleep Terror Disorder Topics

Related Conditions

Dyssomnia – Difficulty Sleeping, Sleep Deprivation, Deprived Quality of Sleep, Insomnia, Lack of Sleep
Nightmare Disorder – Dream Anxiety Disorder, Nightmare, Moaning, Slight Body Movement, Alert and Oriented Upon Awakening
Parasomnia NOS – Abnormal Movement, Emotions, Behavior, Sleep Awakenings
Sleepwalking Disorder – Somnambulism, Walking Asleep, Parasomnia, Sleeping Disorder