Nightmare or a horrified dream implies waking up from a sleep, terrified or with a scared feeling without the influence of an outside force. A dream occurring during sleep that brings out feelings of strong, inescapable fear, terror, distress, or extreme anxiety. This phenomenon typically occurs in the latter part of the night and usually awakens the sleeper who is able to recall the content of the dream and waking up with feelings of strong, inescapable fear, terror, distress, or extreme anxiety. Dreamers are at times capable of recalling their nightmares after their arousal.
Nightmares tend to be more common among children and decrease in frequency towards adulthood. Yet, many adults experience occasional
nightmares --women more often than men-- and do not require any treatment. At times, nightmares are common for
the main reason that we tend to go bed just after eating heavy content like cheese,
junk food or spicy oily food, which raises the body's metabolism and brain
activity owing to difficulty in digestion, may cause nightmares to occur more often.
Apart nightmares are caused by a significant event in one's life that is psychologically painful and traumatic. Examples of such events are death in the family, being a victim of rape, and being a victim of insult or abuse.
Persistent surge of negative emotions over a period of
time like anxiety, stress,
guilty feeling, triggering excessive shame for past
wrongdoings, fear of known or unknown origin are also the most
common causes of nightmares; Death of a loved one,
grieving or mourning over death or excessive alcohol consumption, suffering from mental illness,
persistent frustration, melancholia, gloominess,
prolonged physical illness
or ill-health condition also possesses the nightmare
Apart deep rooted guilty conscious like murderers experience is too known to cause nightmares. Lastly, medications are also known to cause nightmares as well, especially those medications that affect the neurotransmitter levels of the central nervous system and the brain. Examples of such medications are antidepressants, narcotics, or barbiturates. Withdrawing certain medications such as Ethanol, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines are also known to cause nightmares to occur.
Nightmares: Common Symptoms:
Vivid and realistic dreams causing fear.
Being afraid after dreams.
Sudden awakening from sleep with intense fear, anxiety, and feeling of impending harm. Immediate recall of nightmare upon awaking.
Terror on waking up
Waking up screaming. The most common character of nightmare victims is screaming after dream. Sometimes no memory of dream on waking.
Alertness is fully gained immediately after awakening.
If not awaken, falling back to sleep without fully wakening or if fully awaken returning to sleep after the dream is difficult and not rapid.
Nightmares usually occur during the later half of the sleep period.
Reoccurring scenes of the same nightmare.
Nightmare victims experience an increase in pulse and respiration and would wake up screaming and shaking in soaked sheets.
At times, particular medication or substance may be the real cause of the nightmares. Certain medications, chemicals, toxins or substances may possibly be underlying causes of Nightmares.
Side effects of medications, or exposure to toxins, chemicals, or other substances may cause nightmares.
negativities associated with them:
and persistent depression are the most common causes
Intense fear and feeling of impending harm
Illness with a fever
and mourning over the death of a loved one (bereavement)
Adverse reaction to or side effect of a drug
Recent withdrawal from a drug such as sleeping pills
Effect of alcohol or excessive alcohol consumption
Abrupt alcohol withdrawal
Breathing disorder in sleep
Sleep disorders; as time pattern, quality, associated complaints, aggravating factors, and other various factors associated with sleep.
a person is under severe stress due to nightmares, he (or
she) should seek out the professional help along with support of friends and relatives. Talking about what is on your mind with friends and relatives will help you in alleviating
stress causing nightmares. Apart, following a regular energetic fitness routine, using aerobic exercise if possible, will help.
It may help to fall asleep faster, benefit from deeper sleep, and wake up
that person, feeling more refreshed. One can also learn techniques to reduce muscle tension (relaxation therapy), this will also help
in reducing anxiety.
To avoid frequent nightmares, practice good sleep hygiene.
--Like try to maintain at least 3 hours interval between
your dinner and bed time. Avoid long-term use of tranquilizers,
excessive drinking or any substance addiction, also avoid caffeine and other stimulants. If you noticed that your nightmares started shortly after you began taking a new medication, contact your health care provider. He
(or she) will advise you on how to discontinue that medication if necessary and recommend an alternative. For nightmares resulting from the effects of "street drugs" or persistent alcohol use, seek counsel to discontinue
use of drugs. Professional help may suggest a safe way to stop drinking without putting
the health at risk.
Nightmares OR Horrified Dreams and Negative emotions co-relation.
the causes of "Frequent Nightmares"
could be more mental than physical. A bad relationship, poor
self image, a history of abuse, stress, frustration and many
can change your overall attitude towards life which may
directly impede your overall performance. Such
tendencies are deep-rooted in mind and nurtured by
those originates either from your mind itself or from your surrounding circumstances. As soon as
your mental state improves the physical trouble disappears. Therefore a person --which implies his overall nature, his general attitude towards life and his inimitable surrounding circumstances-- is more important than his disease or ill-health condition.
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