Our expert says:
Maria's suggestions makes a lot of sense, as of course does your reaction. It could be, too, if this was not a nightmare, but night-time crying about his sorrow related to issues in his life, possibly about his parents, they he wanted privacy in his grief. Have you tried calmly, when he's awake and relating well to you, asking him about these episodes, making it clear you don't want to be nosy, but that you'd like to understand, because you want to help and to know how he would prefer you to respond.
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