If you had hoped you would grow over your nightmares, but feel that you’re in an adult, you’re not the only one. While nightmares occur more often in children, 50% of adults also have nightmares. But what are the causes of nightmares? These terrifying realistic dreams can distract you and cause extreme insomnia, which is associated with cardiovascular disease, overweight and depression.
5 causes of nightmares
There are a number of reasons why you may have nightmares, including:
Eat for sleep
Eating a snack before going to bed can increase your metabolism, making the brain more active and possibly leading to nightmares. If you notice after a snack in the evening that you have nasty dreams, do not try to snack after eating or at least to avoid too heavy and too sweet meals just before going to bed.
Medicines that affect substances in the brain (such as antidepressants), as well as some blood pressure medicines, are associated with nightmares. Talk to your doctor to see if another drug or lifestyle change could be a better alternative. If there is no other option than that one, you should weigh your pros and cons with each other and in some cases it may be worth learning to live with the nightmares if those medications can treat a serious condition.
Lack of sleep
It’s a vicious circle: insomnia can cause nightmares and nightmares can lead to a lack of sleep. If you notice that nightmares increase when you cuddle on your sleep, you must ensure good sleep conditions (such as relaxing relaxing sleep and keeping your bedroom cool) to increase the amount of time you spend on sleeping.
Sleep problems, such as narcolepsy, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome (RLS), can also cause nightmares. Ask your doctor for treatment options if you are suffering from a sleep disorder because treatment may reduce nightmares and help improve the quality of your sleep.
Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder can also cause nightmares. If you are extremely stressed, talk to your doctor about how to handle this, including changes in your lifestyle, psychological counseling and / or medicine.