NightmarePavor nocturnus, also known as a night terror, is a sleep disorder characterized by extreme terror and a temporary inability to regain full consciousness. The sleeper wakes suddenly, perhaps gasping, moaning or screaming. But they are not fully awake, and often cannot be fully roused but remain in a terrified and disoriented state for as long as twenty minutes. They have not been dreaming and cannot explain why they feel such an intense sense of dread and horror. Many sufferers of night terrors are reluctant to speak of them because of their violent and disturbing nature.

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