If you are an adult experiencing nightmares, you aren’t alone.
In fact, WebMD reports that two to eight percent of the adult population is dealing with bad dreams on a regular basis. These aren’t just random dreams either. For adults who are stressed, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or dealing with other sleep issues, these nightmares are directly associated with such conditions.
What is the big deal with having nightmares? Besides terrifying you while you’re sleeping, these types of dreams can disrupt your sleep cycle.
Nightmares leave you feeling sad, anxious or scared when you wake up. These dreams can also prevent you from sleeping, which causes insomnia or fatigue-related health problems. More importantly, reoccurring nightmares in adults are generally a sign that something else is going on – either emotionally, mentally, or physically.
If you are experiencing nightmares and are struggling with stress, there is a very real connection to the two. Psychological triggers can lead to adult nightmares when you are suffering from anxiety and depression, according to Psychology Today.
Scientific studies have made a clear connection between stress and sleep, and there are many long-term consequences to come if the occasional restless night turns into extreme fatigue due to nonstop stress.
Among patients who have nightmares, 60 percent are noted as being caused by a major life event, such as the sickness or death of a loved one or losing one’s job or home. These major life events are associated with stress and anxiety, which is connected to nightmares.
The best way to remedy nightmares in adults is to seek medical attention. Most likely, you can resolve your stress through lifestyle changes, alternative treatment or medication. However, a medical doctor will be able to rule out any underlying health problems that could be contributing to the bad dreams.
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