Childhood Insomnia Treatment – Nightmares and Night Terrors in Children

From Centro Integra , our Psychologists treat nightmares and night terrors in children to improve the quality of sleep and overcome insomnia  in children.

Two of the most common manifestations of childhood insomnia are nightmares and night terrors. Below we explain how to identify them and how they are treated.


Nightmares are sleep episodes with an anxiety component that can wake the child up. When this happens they wake up startled and on many occasions scared because they remember the images that have made them feel so anguished during their sleep.

The causes that can cause nightmares are very varied. Nightmares can occur occasionally due to something the child has heard or seen during the day, but if they occur repeatedly, it is important to put yourself in the hands of a specialist to look for the cause that causes them and to be able to remedy it so that the child can rest again. Among the most common causes that can cause childhood insomnia due to nightmares are:

  • Seeing or hearing things that scare them
  • Going to sleep too upset
  • Altered emotional state
  • Anxiety about a personal situation such as the separation of parents, a move, the death of a loved one or problems at school


Night terrors differ from nightmares in that when children experience a terror episode they usually do not remember anything when they wake up.

Night terrors are a parasomnia, that is, an unwanted experience during sleep. Symptoms range from bouts of screaming and intense fear to agitation of the body while sleeping, and can even be accompanied by sleepwalking.
The most common causes of night terrors in children are:
  • Mood disorders, such as  depression  and anxiety
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Exhausted
  • Stress


Depending on the type of situation that the child presents, treatment to avoid nightmares and night terrors will focus on discovering the cause that is causing it. In this way, we can correct the different patterns and behaviors related to sleep through psychoeducation focused mainly on parents on childhood sleep: specific guidelines on routines before going to bed, specific measures for when problems occur during the night, etc.


So if you need a child psychologist  for the treatment of nightmares and night terrors, do not hesitate to contact us.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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