Our expert says:
Sounds odd. Like a Night Terror, though those usually occur in children, but probably just an extremely vivid dream. You mention that he has been having disturbed sleep lately ( though not other such events or nightmares ), so he's not really OK, whatever the basic problem might be.
Ideally, I'd like him to see a ood local psychiatrist for a proper assessment - not because he is mad, or anything like it, but because he is not well, probably in ways a shrink could more easily recognize and help him to fix.
Maybe try calmly talking with him about your concerns about his disturbed sleep, and whatever is worrying him, and explore, gently, suggesting to him that whatever is troubling him could be helped if he saw someone with the right sort of expertise
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