It’s very common for children to have nightmares, particularly because children have such rich imaginations. Once a child wakes up from a bad dream, they’re easy to console. A little reassurance and a hug from mom or dad can help them fall right back to sleep, however, night terrors, the same can’t be said. Night terrors are terrifying for both the child and the parent because it’s difficult to wake a child when they’re having an episode. Often at times, the child might even appear to be awake. These episodes come with screaming, intense fear, and anxiety triggered by exhaustion, stress or a traumatic event. Approximately one to six percent of children experience these kinds of horrific dreams. While most episodes last a few minutes, many can last up to about 30 minutes before the child can calm down and feel comfortable and safe. Children who experience night terrors, sadly, lack adequate sleep, exhibit symptoms of exhaustion and have trouble focusing, making it difficult for them to learn in school and retain information.
If your child is experiencing night terrors, the Eustache Institute can help. In a comfortable setting, we will conduct a brain map to identify the part of the brain causing the night terrors. We will then target those specific areas during each neurofeedback sessions. The brain will instinctively learn to perform more efficiently, admonishing the cause of the night terrors. After numerous neurofeedback sessions, the child will begin to sleep more comfortably because neurofeedback therapy will help reduce the regularity and intensity of the night terrors and improve the overall quality of life and duration of sleep for the child. The child will eventually awake feeling recuperated, no longer fatigued and groggy from waking in the night, and they will excel in school and extracurricular activities. Thankfully, this method of treatment is non-invasive, with zero side effects, which please many of the parents of the children we’ve helped at the Eustache Institue, who are delighted their children no longer suffer from night terrors.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in neurofeedback therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so they can live the life they’ve always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback therapy by visiting her blog. You may also find her on Instagram and Facebook.