What Are Nightmares and Can Nightmares Be Controlled?
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What Are Nightmares and Can Nightmares Be Controlled?

Nightmares, of course, are dreams but they are a different type of dream. They deserve a category to themselves, due to their extremely frightening nature. Dreams may be a bit scary at times, but a nightmare is beyond a bit scary. They often shake the dreamer to awakening in panic. A nightmare will often stay with you because of its impact when it woke you up.

Nightmares, of course, are dreams but they are a different type of dream.  They deserve a category to themselves, due to their extremely frightening nature. Dreams may be a bit scary at times, but a nightmare is beyond a bit scary. They often shake the dreamer to awakening in panic. A nightmare will often stay with you because of its impact when it woke you up. 

Studies have been done on people who have frequent nightmares.  It has been found that people who are very intuitive and creative often have nightmares more often than those who aren’t.  It is believed the reason for nightmares is that some people are more empathic than others. 

Nightmares leave the dreamer with a myriad of emotions. The dreamer may feel intense fear, sadness, grief, depression, anxiety or anger.  Some of the most common nightmares are being chased by a wild animal or being hunted by a human being who wants to kill you.  Other common themes of nightmares are being trapped in a burning building and being caught in a tornado or hurricane.

Nightmares are fairly common in children. They often have nightmares about monsters hiding under the bed or in the closet. Nightmares lessen in frequency as children get older. Adults do have nightmares occasionally, but they aren’t so common in healthy adults. However, approximately 5 to 10 percent of adults do have nightmares once every 4 weeks or so.

With small kids it is normal to have nightmares; it is a natural part of growing and learning through their childhood.  Little kids have to learn how to deal with problems in their lives and they have to learn how to relate with other kids and authority figures in their lives. 

Nightmares occurring in adults may be caused by stress and anxiety, and they can also be caused by certain medications. Nightmares are more common in men and women in the military who have gone through traumatic life experiences. 

Can nightmares be controlled?

When nightmares are problematic, a physician may be able to help. For instance, military men and women having nightmares related to PTSD can be helped with therapy and medications. The same goes for anyone who is having nightmares on a fairly regular basis; a medical and possibly even a mental health professional should get involved to help the dreamer to have fewer nightmares.

 A therapist may be able to help a dreamer who has frequent nightmares.  The dreamer is urged to talk about the nightmares and to explore possible situations in his/her life that could be prompting them. By recalling and exploring the nightmares, the dreamer may be able to solve some type of inner conflict which might be causing them. The more a person examines the dream, the more power a person claims over his/her hours of sleep.

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Comments (6)
Ranked #1 in Sleep

nightmares are in a category by themselves, so is dream paralysis and night terrors they are all different and very scary

Interesting information.

Thank you dear sister Charlene for the details on nightmares. They are scare and make psychological impacts.

I love the sleep but no dreams, specially scary nightmares and waking up frantic, well done.

Charlene, you have presented us with something to think about. Excellent work.

Ranked #21 in Sleep

Thanks everyone for reading.

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