The Real Reason Why We Have Nightmares And Disturbing Dreams

There have long been debates as to why we have nightmares and what they mean and how they are linked to our normal lives. Science has not been able to find a concrete answer but has made new discoveries in the field of dreams.

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As humans, we spend one-third of our entire life sleeping and during this time we have dreams. They are not always good, they can be good, bad, upsetting and sometimes with no context and just plain strange. With today’s technology, it is possible to study brain activity.

1What is a dream?

The simple answer is that a dream is a succession of images, ideas, emotions, or sensations that involuntarily occur during certain stages of sleep. Over the years science has tried to understand the secrets behind why dreams occur and what triggers them but haven’t been that successful. We know for a fact that dreams mainly occur in the rapid-eye-movement (REM) stage of sleep.

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2What is a nightmare?

In simple English, a nightmare is just a bad or unpleasant dream. Something that has a strong shocking aspect to it and at times can wake us up from our sleep because of how shocking or unpleasant it is. We often wake up out of breath or in a state of shock and it takes a moment for us to realize that it was just a nightmare and not real.

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3All dreams and nightmares are unique

Believe it or not but everyone has their own unique dreams and nightmares. No two people have had the exact same dream or nightmare. Nightmares can often lead to feelings of fear, terror, and anxiety by the dreams upon waking. Studies have confirmed that a dream is usually forgotten by the middle of the next day but a nightmare lingers on for longer.

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4When do dreams take place?

During the REM stage of our sleep cycle, our brains are still functioning. Scientists have said that during this stage of sleep our brain activity is high and resembles that of being awake. Dreams do occur during other stages of sleep but the ones that occur during this stage are more vivid and memorable. This is because during this stage our brains are processing data that can show up like a dream.

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5Nightmares can be triggered by our daily lives

There are ways in which our nightmares can be linked to our daily lives. For example, if we suffer from anxiety or are under a lot of pressure at work and have this in mind before we sleep. We will experience more nightmares than relaxed dreams. In plain English, if you go to sleep filled with negative emotions then it can easily trigger a nightmare and our sleep quality won’t be good either.

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