A nightmare is a defined as a frightening or unpleasant dream. Fear is the main emotion that a person may experience during a nightmare. A person may also experience guilt, disgust, anger, sadness and confusion. There was a study published by a journal called “Sleep.” It involved 351 adults who suffered from nightmares.
The study found that physical aggression was the main theme of nightmares. Being chased by an evil force was another recurring theme in nightmares. If nightmares are keeping you from getting the proper amount of sleep, then this could be a sign of a health problem.
Depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Nightmares often occur during the REM sleep. If a person acts out during the REM sleep, then this could be a symptom of Parkinson’s disease.
Jason Ellis is the director of NorthUmbria University Centre for Sleep Research. He stated that Sigmund Frued, who was a psychologist, believed that dreams relieved our subconscious wishes. He also stated that a nightmare will usually occur if a person has been having a problem with sleep for a long time.
Jonny Benjamin started having sleep problems when he was in his 20s. He found out that anxiety was causing his sleep problems. He would struggle to sleep, and it would affect his performance at work. Fortunately, he has found a simple way to deal with his sleep problems.
He does not get on social media or use his phone before he goes to bed. He also writes in his journal when he is stressed. Bill fish is the co-founder of Tuck, which is an online sleep resource. He is also a sleep coach. He stated that recurring nightmares are a serious problem and should be treated as such.
Bill said that REM sleep may also play a role in nightmares. It typically starts at the 90 to 100-minute mark of sleep. However, some people enter REM sleep much earlier. This makes it harder for the brain to organize memories.
Bill also said that nightmares may be a sign of PTSD. He also said that nightmares can be a sign of change. Stress, dietary changes and trauma can cause nightmares.