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Night Terrors and Nightmares

It was hardly surprising that children exposed to the trauma we were would develop abnormal sleep patterns: night terrors, sleep walking, etc.   With no adult willing to step in and provide us with the care, support and psychological counselling we needed we came up with our own coping mechanisms.  Some were more successful than others. My brother sleep walked.  When he did he often got himself into dangerous situations so I was in the habit (we slept in the same room when we were together) of tying his foot when he was asleep to mine so that I’d be woken if he wandered off in his sleep.  Initially this worked but I must have become tired and grumpy which is why I yanked back on the tether which had him flying face first into the wall.  My bad. Brian here.  One of the other areas this rears its head…