Nightmares – Nightmare Dreams

A nightmare tends to be extremely vivid dream that evokes feelings of helplessness, terror, anxiety and sorrow. Nightmares are common in children, but can happen during any age, between 2% and 8% of the adult population is plagued by nightmares. Nightmares are known to be vividly realistic, unsettling dreams that rattle you awake during the middle of the night.

Find out what your nightmares are trying to tell you. Interpret The Meaning Of Your Nightmare By A Dream Analyst.

Common Nightmares & Meanings

What Might Be Causing Nightmares

Adult nightmares are often involuntary however they can be caused by a multiple of factors or underlying disorders. Studies have shown that half of the population experiences nightmares on a regular basis, though children tend to experience night terrors (ages of  3 to 12 years) reporting symptoms of anxiety, fear and intense crying while sleeping.

Nightmares can be very complex dreams that have many underlying causes and doesn’t necessary predict something bad to happen. In recent study from the University Of Switzerland they concluded nightmares improved the effectiveness of the brain reacting to an alarming or scary situations faced in our lives. Find Out Why Nightmares Are Good For You.

Prescriptions medications have been also known to increase dream vividness and nightmares or taking illegal drugs or alcoholic substances. This can also occur if the individual is coming off medication, or if an addiction wears off. If you are suffering from lack of sleep we recommend you to consult your doctor.

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Unconscious fears 
  • Unresolved past experiences
  • Medication or withdrawal 
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Late night snack or poor diet
  • Stress 
  • Alcohol 
  • Sleep Apnea 

Suffering From Any Sleep Disorder?

Constant disruptions in your sleep may also be attributed by sleep disorders such as insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and REM sleep disorder.  Furthermore, a Parasomnias is a disruptive sleep disorders that happens during (REM) that results in undesirable physical or verbal behaviors, such as walking or talking during sleep.

These disorders cause after effects as the individual will fear going back to bed to experience that same scenario. As a result one will be more likely to encounter a mild sleep deprivation, decreased mental clarity and depression.

This can also lead to insomnia. There hasn’t been a cure for nightmare disorders but there are many techniques to minimize them from occurring. Frequent yoga and mediation have been known to help reduce the cause as your body and mind to be in a more relaxed state.

Nightmare Disorders

Nightmare disorder or commonly referred to as a “dream anxiety disorder” considered a series of nightmares classified under the DSM -IV.  These repeated awakenings during nightmares occur during the stages of REM sleep.

During the dream the individual will experience intense fear as if they are fighting for their life. Most of the time they will wake up instantly due to the terror they are experiencing thus having trouble going back to sleep.

The dreamer might experience speaking, moaning, screaming at random of the night. Though these symptoms may not always be present. When woken from the sleep state, the dreamer will often experience a feeling of anxiety as adrenaline is still pumping thought out their body.

Night Terror Vs Nightmare

There is a misconception that night terrors and nightmares are the same thing.  They might mimic nightmares but though they are completely different in nature. Sleep terrors can be classified under a parasomnia disorder where the individual can physically act out in their sleep by screaming, thrashing, or even crying.

Occurrences of aggressive sleep walking have happened as the dreamer may even attack a family member. The dreamer may experience difficulty trying to snap out of the dream state. Sleep terrors usually occur with children under the age of nine, though, it  can frequent adults who are under extreme stress, depression, or even bi polar disorder.

Generally the movement can last anywhere between 10 – 20  minutes, either the individual will go right back to REM without ever disrupting their sleep state. If they do wake up from this state they will often encounter confusion or anxiety. The majority of sleep disturbances, occur in the stage before deep sleep that decrease.

Spiritual Meaning Of Nightmares

In fact decoding your nightmares might be beneficial to you spiritually and mentally. Dreams contain metaphoric messages to warn the dreamer of ignored internal ideocracies’. Understanding the dream symbols might give the dreamer insight to what might be overlooked that could be causing distress. Nightmare occur as a warning to help you follow the right direction and path in life.

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Other Possible Causes of Nightmares

  • Experienced a death of a loved on or somebody close to you
  • Quitting smoking, alcohol or going on the patch
  • Consuming large amount of alcohol in blood stream
  • Battling a illness or flu
  • Having a Bad reaction to drugs or withdrawal
  • Not dealing with an on going problems in your life
  • High volumes of stress and anxiety
  • Trauma from witnessing violence

Recurring Nightmares

Nightmares are fairly common in both men and women that can frequent as much as 2 times a month. Experiencing recurring nightmares on a regular basis might suggest their is an underlying issue.

Recurring nightmares are not your enemy but your friend trying to get your attention. They appear one way but mean another, painful experiences and emotions are stored away hidden in the dark part of the unconscious. As disturbing as the dream my present itself to be, the message is clear for you to shed light on what’s ignored.

Nightmares & Children

Believe it or not nightmares are more common with children than adults.  Roughly around one quarter of children have at least one scary dream or nightmare a week.  Scary dreams can start as early as  2 to 3 years of age for a children.  At the age of 6 they may start to experience full on nightmares. Around the ages 10 and up, nightmares tend to subside and become less vivid.

Children’s nightmares typically involve frightening situations or events that revolve the people close to them.  The types of nightmares contain images or bizarre events, the typical “monster or ghosts theme.  Children are generally quite during their nightmare and hardly move around like most adults.

Child Nightmares Prevention

Unfortunately there is no cure to stop your child nightmares, though they can be prevented by using techniques that we provided below. Studies have shown that nightmares could be genetic as its passed down from either member of the family. Though there are ways you can help take control to comfort your child from nightmares.

  • Play relaxing music for your child throughout the night
  • Have them stay away from junk food and high sugar drinks
  • Train them to control their dreams.  Tell your child what to day to monsters in the nightmare.
  • Read them a nice book and keep positive thoughts in their head before bed.
  • Talk to your kids and ask them what are their greatest fears and tackle them.

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Tips On How To Stop Nightmares

Understanding what underlining factors that might be causing your nightmares by examining your lifestyle. Has there been a build up of stress lately? Have you been taking any drugs that might be affecting your sleep? Analyzing what you nightmare means helps figure out what problems in your life you need to tackle.

Taking the time to relax before you go to bed is a start. You can practice each night 10 minutes of Yoga and breathing exercises right before bed.  Listening  to relaxing soothing music during sleep calms your whole mental being.

Reports state that playing video games and watching negative images before bed will cause an increase of nightmares. Practicing lucid dreaming has been quite beneficial when it comes to manipulating your dream settings. You can make the bad guy go away in a blink of an eye.

There is not much you can do when you just had a nightmare, though paying attention to the symbols in them will give you a better understanding on what your unconscious is hinting at.  Keeping a dream journal helps you remember the dream in more detail.

Taking good care of your body goes a long way.  Eating healthy has more benefits then just feeling well.  You will experience peaceful sleeps and less snoring.  See benefits of nightmares.

 

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Carlos
Carlos
1 year ago

My mom just got out of surgery and sent home, it’s only us and I’ve been checking on her constantly for all her needs, we switched bedrooms because my bed is lower and easier for her to sleep. I had this nightmare were I woke up expecting the same situation but instead I see my cousin and his mom/my aunt doing chores in my house. They say to me “You’ve finally woken up”, I get confused and start inspecting my house which looks slightly different, and asked what do they mean by that. They said to me “It’s the future…… Read more »

Weird dreams
Weird dreams
1 year ago

I just had the weirdest dream. I was at work and drove my vacuum to work, rode on it like a car. I left work that night in my dream, and rode the vacuum to my friends house that I work with. I was going to leave after about an hour and there was a bear out on the road, so I called my boyfriend to come pick me up. (I couldn’t find my phone right away either) When he answered he didn’t answer me about picking me up. I then started looking for my vacuum to go home. I… Read more »

Adam
Adam
1 year ago

I had a dream where I was tied to a torture table and my ex’s boyfriend was s***ing me and inflicting intense pain to me all while I was calling my ex’s name. We’ve been apart for months but I’m still in love with her and- I’m not sure if it has anything to do with the dream or just something else

Jamie
Jamie
1 year ago

I used to have a reoccurring nightmare as a child about dodging boulders and objects as they came towards me. I would be on the landing hysterical that only I could see them.
I had the same nightmare again this week (although I wasn’t as active this time). I woke up sweating and very confused.
It left the same taste in my mouth as it used to 20 years ago. A taste I’ve never had any other time.

Kitty
Kitty
1 year ago

I’ve been having constant nightmares, it’s almost a year now. I can’t really remember every each of it, but I often dream of going somewhere with my friends or dad, then they’ll leave me and I go back walking alone. There was a dream where I saw my dad sitting with my mom in the middle and someone who looks exactly like him on the other side. I dreamt of walking naked completely bare, twice, one involving running around my Junior high school. Then recently, I dreamt of an old man knocking my dad’s house (My mom and dad separated)… Read more »

Mary
Mary
1 year ago

My boyfriend keeps having similar dreams about me screaming like i am getting hurt, he can’t see me but can hear me and in the dream he is chained to a wall which makes him helpless. Please help i want to know why he keeps dreaming this.

Marina
Marina
1 year ago

Dreams are never identical but have similarities: when I dream of my deceased Grandmother (gone 2019), I hold her up like we are walking somewhere, but she collapses in my arms and I carry her, or she turns greasy or slimy and sometimes I look down and her body is mutated into a what I can only compare to a greasy body of some sort. And I’m trying to still hold on and get her somewhere safe. I can’t find any interpretation anywhere close to the horror of my dreams. Need help!

bxlla
1 year ago

i had a dream where i was outside in a beautiful forest, i thought the dream would not be a nightmare but i was wrong. i can’t remember much but i do however remember me saying “where to go? somewhere they can’t find me” and i ran but i reached a cliff. By the way i was in third person. anyways, i heard footsteps and started to panic so i jumped off the cliff but as soon as i realized what i had done, my face relaxed as if i were thankful for what was happening? can anyone tell me… Read more »

anonymous
anonymous
1 year ago

I had a dream my boyfriends mom sent him nudes. what is that supposed to mean?

Lucy
Lucy
1 year ago

When I dream of weddings always death comes in threes, has always been either a family, friend member or someone will tell me of someone who died. That’s my interpretation also falling teeth also reveals the same thing to me.

Rylee
Rylee
1 year ago

I often have nightmares involving darkness, loud sounds and feeling threatened by someone who isn’t in the room (my mother). I don’t know what to do or why it’s happening. I can never go back to sleep afterwards and I have to turn a light on. Any advice?

bob
bob
1 year ago

I had a nightmare where I was overwhelmed by something getting larger and larger, can anyone decode this dream?

Angelia D Kuhn Chase
Angelia D Kuhn Chase
1 year ago

Trying to help a friend understand what I think was more of a night terror than a nightmare.
Ok, so he’s in what he describes as like a large open area filled with cars(not a parking lot though, like a field.
Cars parked diagonally in such a way that he was unable to get out. He could pull out of his spot but wasn’t able to get anywhere because of the way others had parked. He was in a truck.

He woke up SUPER freaked out and could get it out of his head. Really anxious and jittery.

Izzy
Izzy
1 year ago

i had a dream last night, to clarify- it was a nightmare. i was getting nightmares all night but that didn’t bother me too much. any-who, i can’t remember much of it but i was with some of my “friends” and we where going to do something that could get us all in trouble- so we had to go out the back entrance of our school. it happened that the back entrance of the school was right next to the teachers office and they where all having a meeting. i was already panicking in the dream because im a goody… Read more »

Keiran K
Keiran K
1 year ago

I had a nightmare that my ex took all the nudes I had sent him and he sent them to and showed them to everyone, what does this mean?

Bob De Nero
Bob De Nero
1 year ago

I had a dream of stairs and a suitcase. I was pulling my suitcase through a decrepit old building. There was a terrible ominous feeling to the place. There were three women I don’t know,and I was following them. It reminded me of a huge school building because I passed by a tennis court. Once. The women were always out of reach. And I was slower than they were because of my luggage. The stairs were old and falling apart but I finally got out after watching the three women stop and strip from their uniforms. I ran past them.… Read more »

Carl J
Carl J
1 year ago

I once had this weird dream were i was in some sort of bedroom, it wasn’t mine just a plain old bedroom and the all of a sudden this man walks into the room. But the weird thing is i cant see his face. And he’s half naked. All i can see is his chest and his plaid green boxers. And then he starts walking towards me (I am on the bed in only short shorts and big tee shirt, and instead of feeling scared because a strange man is walking towards me in my room i kinda feel a… Read more »

Linda Taylor
Linda Taylor
1 year ago

I have had two very different water dreams on two consecutive nights. The first water dream I was running away from someone I felt threatened by. I ran into a facility that had a lighted pool with clear bluish water. I jumped in the water and was swimming around. I saw the people out the window who were looking for me. Someone at the pool told me to go deep and there was an escape route underneath the pool. I later returned to the pool area and socialized with the people there. I was not really scared of the people… Read more »

Pete L
Pete L
1 year ago

I have nightmares all the time. As a kid I used to suffer from night terrors usually involving my fathers ex business partner. At a young age I was able to understand what this person was doing to put my dad out of the company. I vividly remember how detailed the dream was and how the meaning would be equivalent today even at a young age. This man was a sociopath and wanted to put us out on the road. At 6 years of age I was tormented my this man and his family. He would always be a giant… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 years ago
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