I seem to have a bit of a problem with the way I sleep at night. It seems that I occasionally give off a startled yell and wake up.
You might be tempted to say that this is a standard case of night terrors, but I don’t believe it to be. The only time this happens to me is if someone wakes me up in the middle of the night or from a nap. If no one wakes me up, I sleep just fine. With night terrors (to my understanding), it happens whether or not someone interferes with the sleeper.
A typical example would be if I go to sleep earlier than my wife. When she opens the bedroom door, I’ll “jump up” and give a startled yell. She’ll say something along the lines of “It’s okay, relax, I live here,” and I’ll go back to sleep. The same thing happens if one of the kids knocks on my door to wake me up from a nap. But if allowed to sleep without interruption, I won’t have these “episodes.”
I tried some basic Googling of the subject, but couldn’t find anything on it. Any help/advice/suggestions/information would be appreciated. It is understood that the advice you are giving is not medical advice, you are not my doctor, yada, yada, yada.