At one time or another, just about everyone has experienced a night when they wake up feeling dazed and frightened. When you realize that you just had a nightmare, it usually takes a moment to understand that what you experienced wasn't real. While it's more common for children to have nightmares, adults get their fair share too. Researchers have done studies to figure out exactly what causes nightmares.
What is a nightmare?
A nightmare is a dream that turns frightening. They usually occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stages of sleep, which can be in the first few hours of sleep or towards morning, and can vary in time span.
What causes nightmares?
The subjects of nightmares vary, but most are usually related to something that made a profound impression on the person.
Other causes of nightmares
What you eat and drink late at night can be a factor.
Treatment of nightmares
You don't have to suffer. Help is available.
When you take the time to determine the cause of your nightmares, something can be done to prevent them from happening.