Nightmares and bad Dreams

Carol RoachStarred Page By Carol Roach, 5th Sep 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Conditions that affect sleep, our health, and mental health include such topics as bad dreams and nightmares.


The Meaning, Symptoms, and Causes for Nightmares and Bad Dreams

A nightmare can be very distressing whether it is a child experiencing one or an adult. Nightmares are bad dreams which are intensified to the point that they are terrifying. The dreamers feels as if the dream is real and the monster is chasing them, or someone is strangling them, or they are actually falling off a cliff, high building and many other possibilities. Most adults have experienced a nightmare or bad dream at some point during their life.

These nightmares or bad dreams are so real-like the body responds as if it really was a life threatening situation.

Symptoms of nightmares or bad dreams

The pulse of the dreamer might begin to race and the dreamer can break out into a sweat. This is the due to the body’s fear response.The dreams can become so intense that the dreamers may awake during their nightmares or bad dreams.

What causes a nightmare or bad dream?

What causes a nightmare or bad dream?

Stress or trauma in a dreamer’s life may trigger nightmares and bad dreams. Sometimes the nightmares and bad dreams are induced because the mind is troubled from and accumulation of too much worry. It is the hormones that are released during these stressful times that can cause a nightmare or bad dream

  • Major life crises such as death, divorce, loss of job, or a family member who is sick or jailed can cause the dreamer to have nightmares or bad dreams. Any kind of dream is related in some way to what we are experiencing in daily life.
  • Other times it could be a physical reaction to certain medications or even a certain kind of illness, or high fever may bring it on.
  • Eating a heavy meal before going to bed may bring them on
  • Certain sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy can bring them on.

Do bad dreams have meaning?

Do bad dreams have meaning?

There is no empirical evidence to support this claim, however, if a dreamer believes there are meaning to these dreams then consult a psychotherapist or professional dream translator for further information.

On the other hand, dream researchers hypothesize that nightmares and bad dreams are a result of:

  • anger

  • blame

  • fear

  • frustration

  • embarrassment

  • past issue that have never been dealt with

  • emotional problems

  • Technique to calm yourself after a bad dream or nightmare

Once you wake up from a bad dream or nightmare before going back to sleep try to calm yourself by visualizing a good ending to the bad dream or nightmare. For example, if a strange man was running after you, envision him catching up to you and announcing you just won a million dollars. If you were falling from the sky, envision that your parachute opens and you have a wonderful flight back to a grassy pasture. These visualizations will help you change the focus of your nightmare,to something positive and help you relax as you go back to sleep.

Even though the mind tries to ignore these dreams, the body has taken note and the dreamer may be irritable, grumpy, or jumpy the following day. Reoccurring nightmares and bad dreams can render a person into a state of anxiety and if these dreams are chronic medical attention should be sought after. Your doctor will determine if there is a physical reason or underlying cause. If it is determined to be psychological the doctor might suggest psychotherapy or counseling.

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Retired therapist and author of two books, freelance writer, newsletter editor, and blogger. I write, health, mental health, women's issues, animal , celebrity, history, and SEO articles.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
5th Sep 2015 (#)

It just means you are not aligned to the Creator and are more inclined to the vibe of Darkness and dark entities because of the life you lead wherein your conscience isn't at rest.
You are what you co-create and what you have done in your life can cause the catastrophe. I know I am happier without a male and finally can pinpoint that men are bastards with brains in their dicks wherein they would do anything to strip for a whore who is available money or no money paid and then cry they cannot sleep.
These whores are demons who last a lifetime haunting life till they kill the person. I am not of such calibre.
Heard Beautiful Nightmare by Knowles, she is of such as she walks naked showing she has lady bits ready to whore it without clothes and it was a code name BTW for a male who can be recognised in the beat.

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author avatar Helen Thomas
6th Sep 2015 (#)

Quite interesting ~ Carol.

As you stated ~ 'fear, frustration, embarrassment, past issues that have never been dealt with' seem to be the main culprits.

Thanks for sharing. Richest blessings.

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