Whether inherited or related to past trauma, night terrors can disrupt a person’s life, like the time this Guardian journalist flooded her mom’s house at 2 AM.

It took me until my mid-20s to seek help from the NHS; before that, I just assumed it was a personal quirk I had to live with. A consultant discussed my symptoms, and how stress made them worse; I acknowledged my work as a journalist was stressful, secretly worrying that he would tell me to find a new career as a basketweaver. Instead, he booked me in for a sleep study.

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