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All about nightmares – 2 January 19, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Creaming, Deep Sleep, Frightening, Normal Childhood, Psychic Healing Process, Sleep Disorder, Stage of Sleep, Traumatic Event.
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In children, most nightmares are probably part of normal development that reflects a child’s attempts to cope with normal childhood fears and problems. As a rule, they do not need treatment, although it is advisable to encourage young children to discuss their nightmares with their parents or other adults. But if the nightmares are very disturbing and recurrent, the aid of a therapist may be required.

In adults, most nightmares also do not necessitate treatment. Nightmares that repeat a traumatic event are probably part of the normal psychic healing process, and will diminish in frequency and intensity with time. But if after several weeks or months no change in frequency or intensity in the nightmares occurs, consultation with a therapist is in order.

Some nightmares can really be very frightening, especially those that involve physical danger such as the one you experienced. However, there is no evidence that links nightmares to death while asleep. People experiencing nightmares are also not at risk for physical injury because nightmares occur during the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep, which is characterized by relaxation or paralysis of the skeletal muscles to prevent a person from acting out his or her dream. Thus, screaming and thrashing about, which are common in another sleep disorder called night terror or sleep terror, are uncommon in nightmares. Night terrors occur during deep sleep and not during REM stage of sleep. Hence, people who have night terrors are not dreaming. A person who is having a nightmare is easy to waken and often wakens by himself/herself, but a person experiencing night terror is difficult to rouse.

By the way, people’s attitudes towards nightmares vary. Most people are not disturbed by their nightmares, and studies have shown that about half of those who have recurrent nightmares regard them as fascinating and creative acts of their minds or as just dreams.

Ref: dailyinquirer 

All about nightmares – 1 January 16, 2009

Posted by paripl110707 in Distressing Emotions, Disturbing emotion, High Fever, Illness, Sleepwalker, Stressful Event, Traumatic Event, Unpleasant Emotion.
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Good morning everybody.  All of us experience a dream.  Sometime, someone who experienced that don’t wake up anymore.  That would be a bad one.  Let me tell you what I have read.  You might dreamed the same thing like this.

Last night, I had a nightmare. I was walking when I got caught in a gang fight. One gang member tried to run me over with his car. I was thrown into the air when the car hit me. I landed on the car’s trunk and ended up on the street, but was unhurt. Then I woke up, horrified. What is a nightmare? Can it kill? How do you get rid of them?

A nightmare is merely a dream that evokes a strong unpleasant emotion. The usual disturbing emotions felt by dreamers in a nightmare are those of fear and anxiety, as in your case, but other distressing emotions such as anger, guilt, or sadness can also be experienced. Typically, in a nightmare, the sleeper wakens in a state of distress.

Nightmares are more common among children, especially between 3- and 8-year-olds, but about 50% of adults experience them occasionally.

Some nightmares are related to physical conditions such as a high fever or an illness; some are caused by certain drugs, but many occur after a psychologically stressful or traumatic event such as change of job, divorce, or marital separation, death of a loved one, or an accident. The last category also includes the nightmares that haunt war veterans, which like many other nightmares occur over and over with the subject of the dreams directly related to the traumatic event. There are, however, people who experience nightmares without any apparent precipitating factor.

Ref: dailyinquirer