Dream States and Nightmares Why Do Dreams and Nightmares Cause Sleep Disorders

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Does it make us suffer from dreams and nightmares? It is perfectly normal for adults and children to have nightmares and bad dreams from time to time. For instance, a recent study revealed that 47 percent of college students had more than one nightmare during the past two years. Unfortunately, nightmare disorder, although much more common, is still less prevalent. Nevertheless, it can still happen to anyone, so if you experience weird dreams and nightmares or if you’re afraid you may be having a nightmare, you should read this article to find out what to do about it.

Why Do We Have Dreams and Nightmares

Dream disorders and recurring dreams are caused by a variety of factors, including stress, visual imagery, anxiety, and medication. In fact, studies show that a phobia can cause serious nighttime panic and anxiety attacks. The majority of disturbing dreams and nightmares are not a sign of an existing mental disorder; instead they are a side effect of some type of medication. Many types of medications can cause disturbing dreams and recurring dreams and are often given to those who take them for anxiety or other disorders.

Symptoms of Dream Disorder

This includes Vivid and Aggressive Visual Imagery Sleep paralysis and waking dreams Often, symptoms of dream disorder only come to the surface when a person suffers from anxiety or depression. Dream disorders can also be related to a mental illness. If a dream is constantly recurring and disturbing, it can be a sign of PTSD (previous mental illness), schizophrenia, depression, berserk behavior, etc. If you have vivid dreams and a fear that you’re having a nightmare, you should see your doctor to rule out any underlying mental illness.

How Do Dreams Work?

Most of us believe that our dreams are nothing more than projections of ourselves into another world where we can visit people and objects that normally don’t appear in our lives. While many of us have had lucid dreams in the past, most people do not have very many lucid dreams in their lives. However, there are cases where one dreams repetitively and strongly and these dreams could be a sign of an underlying mental health condition.

What Causes Mortality?

Nightmares and dreams have long been associated with several kinds of nightmares and sleep terrors. Dream trauma occurs when a person repeatedly dreams about a terrifying experience, but he or she does not experience the trauma in real life. Some researchers believe that traumatic experiences in the first few months of life can lead to psychological issues, including nightmares and sleep terrors.

What Are Night Terrors?

Night terrors are often misdiagnosed as “flashbacks.” However, night terrors are actually a symptom. People who have night terrors often experience feelings of extreme fear and panic even if they are not experiencing a traumatic dream. A number of different symptoms can accompany night terrors such as intense fear of being trapped, extreme fear of dying, or feelings of impending doom.

What Are Dream States?

The subject of dreams and nightmares is a very vast one, even though there is still much that remains unknown about the phenomenon. The most commonly accepted explanation for the dreaming and the nightmare state is that the human mind works in an infantile state during the early phases of life. That is, one state of consciousness may precede the next in a developmental process.


One school of thought about dreams and nightmares holds that REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is particularly stressful. If the sleeper’s REM stage is disrupted, nightmares may occur. Rapid eye movement sleep is dreamlike in many ways, but it is generally recognized as having some resemblance to REM sleep. The REM state is also associated with a variety of disturbing dreams and nightmares. Some researchers think that dreaming may have an important role to play in this process.

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