It is typical to have nightmares every once in a while. If you feel like your nightmares are terrorizing you or that you are having them more frequently, there may be something bigger occurring in regards to your mental health. It is important to be aware of what kind of dreams you are having to see if you are in need of a mental health professional.
One thing your dream might mean is that you have a mental illness that you are not aware of. Nightmares can be associated with schizophrenia, panic disorder, dissociative disorder, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, and depression. According to a study in the National Library of Medicine, 11.4% with clinical depression have reported to have nightmares and 17.1% with anxiety also had nightmares. Bad dreams can also come as a result of trauma. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said that 90% of people with PTSD have reoccurring nightmares.
It is also possible that you could be having nightmares as a result to the medication that you are on. Any medication that influences the neurotransmitters in the brain can also negatively affect your dreams. Nightmares can also be caused by sleep aids, allergy medicine, blood pressure medication, and steroids. It is best to read the labels of your medications if you are prone to nightmares. It is also possible that you have been eating snacks at midnight way too much. The National Sleep Foundation says that eating before bed boosts your metabolism which signals your brain to be more active. If you are dreaming more, you could be experiencing more bad dreams during this time so it is best to eat before you go to sleep.
You may also not be getting enough sleep. Not getting enough REM sleep will make your brain make up for the lack of REM sleep by being overactive and heightening the amount of bad dreams that you have. Lastly, you could be linked with having suicidal thoughts. A Psychiatry Research Journal study says that those who experienced weekly or monthly nightmares had higher levels of hopelessness than those who had yearly or no nightmares. If you are having nightmares on a nightly basis, it is possible that you have underlying mental issues that you should speak to someone about. By getting together with a mental professional, you will learn how to make the nightmares go away and sleep peacefully.
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