Knox and Vivienne Jolie-Pitt are reportedly suffering from night terrors. Experts tell HollyBaby that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s constant uprooting of the family could be the cause.
Angelina Jolie has said that she picks movie roles based on their filming location. In September she didn’t think twice before packing up her six kids and moving them to Budapest, where she’s directing her first feature film. The National Enquirer reports that Angelina and Brad Pitt‘s 2-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, have begun having night terrors where they wake up screaming and crying. Psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert tells HollyBaby.com that the twins’ nighttime trauma could be a direct result of their parents’ constant travels.
“They had screaming fits when their eyes were open, but they were actually half-asleep,” a source tells the National Enquirer. “Even stranger, Brad insists that several times the twins suffered attacks at the same time, even though they were in different rooms.”
“Night terrors are rare but being in a new environment can trigger them,” says Jonathan Alpert. What exactly are night terrors? “They are essentially an over-arousal of the central nervous system as the child transitions from one sleep stage to the next,” explains Alpert.
Considering the twins were born in France in 2008 and haven’t spent more than a few months in the same city since then, it sure seems as if all that travel could be taking a toll on them. “Brad finds the attacks disturbing and he’s looking for a remedy,” adds the source. How scary! HollyMoms, have your kids ever experienced night terrors? If so, what did you do?
Alpert says that stress, sleep deprivation and certain medications like central nervous system stimulants can also cause the disorder, and he has some advice for how Brad, 46, and Angelina, 35, should handle the twins middle of the night fits.
“If they occur it’s best that the parent doesn’t wake the child because that will make it more difficult for them to settle back into sleep after. Wait out the terror and make sure the bedroom is safeguarded so that the child is safe in the event that there’s thrashing and movement. So remove any fragile items the area or things from that could potentially hurt the child,” he tells HollyBaby.com. “Also try to maintain a consistent bed and wake time for the child.”