When a child has a "night terror," he's completely irrational and inconsolable.
I can be this way at night too, not as noisy, but just as irrational about my problems and concerns.
Do you ever have anxious thoughts that become darker in the darkness, like evil monsters of hopelessness?
If so, it helps to "prepare your mind" (1 Peter 1:13):
1. Memorize Scriptures about God's faithfulness and recite them before bedtime.
Then, if you wake up you can "sing in the shadow of God's wings" (Psalm 63:6-8):
2. Recite those hopeful verses again.
3. Recite hymn or praise song lyrics that lift your spirits.
4. Count your blessings.
5. Remember that your fears are not realistic at night.
* Dreams and nightmares occur during REM sleep, but night terrors occur during the deeper stages of sleep. The child can't be awakened or consoled and he has no memory the next morning. While these terrors can be caused by stress or illness, sometimes they occur without known cause in early childhood and disappear before adolescence.