Sleep Disorders
All About Sleep Disorders
Who is Affected By Sleep Disorders
Who Treats Sleep Disorders
What Happens At A Sleep Lab
Types of Sleep Disorders
Sleep Apnea
What is Sleep Apnea
What Causes Sleep Apnea
Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep Apnea in Children
What is Insomnia
What Causes Insomnia
Treating Insomnia
Sleep Walking
What is Sleep Walking
What Causes Sleep Walking
Treating Sleep Waking
Hypersomnia: Daytime Sleepiness
What is Hypersomnia
What Causes Hypersomnia
Treating Hypersomnia
Sleep Paralysis
What is Sleep Paralysis
What Causes Sleep Paralysis
Treating Sleep Paralysis
REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
What is REM Sleep
What Causes REM Sleep
Treating REM Sleep
What is Narcolepsy
What Causes Narcolepsy
Treating Narcolepsy
Restless Leg Syndrome
What is Restless Leg Syndrome
What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome
Treating Restless Leg Syndrome
What are Nightmares
What Causes Nightmares
Treating Nightmares
What is Snoring
What Causes Snoring
Treating Snoring
Sleep Deprivation
What is Sleep Deprivation
What Causes Sleep Deprivation
Treating Sleep Deprivation
Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What are Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
What Causes Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Treating Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders
Dentistry and Sleep Disorders
Dentists’ Role in Managing Sleep Disorders
Dental Treatments for Sleep Disorders
Advantages of Dental Treatments
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Nightmares are disturbing dreams. They can make someone feel scared and confused. They usually cause the person to wake up terrified of what just happened. Approximately 50% of adults suffer from Nightmares. On the other hand, approximately 75% of children experience nightmares

What are Nightmares

Nightmares are disturbing or frightening dreams that disrupt sleep.  Nightmares generally occur late in the night, when a person is deep in their sleep cycle.  A nightmare can cause a person to violently wake up, usually in a state of panic or fear.  Nightmares are a very common phenomenon, affecting 50% of adults and 75% of children.  

Nightmares are disturbing dreams. They can make someone feel scared and confused

What Causes Nightmares

Anxiety and stress are the leading causes of nightmares.  60% of nightmares are caused by stress, which is why events in a nightmare often reflect a stressful event in the subject’s daily life.  Nightmares can also be caused by other sleep disorders.  

Treating Nightmares

The best way to eliminate nightmares is to reduce stress in your daily life.  Stress from work or school can be lowered by talking about your worries and concerns with friends and family members.  You may also find it helpful to talk about your nightmares with someone, and determine what the root cause of the nightmare may be.  



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