Insider: To avoid potential harm, ensure that the room is free of clutter, remove any sharp objects, and keep the person away from windows or stairs.

While rare, night terrors can affect both children and adults, though children tend to outgrow night terrors as they get older. 

Oddly enough, those who sleep alone might have no idea they had an episode, which can be dangerous.

“Serious and even deadly injury can occur. Attempts to escape from bed or to fight can result in harm to the patient or others,” says Rajkumar Dasgupta, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.