You wake up suddenly, jump out of bed, your heart is pounding, your breathing is rapid and you are scared, anxious, angry, sad, but mostly terrified, very terrified!
Nightmares are very disturbing vivid dreams.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Rise Above Health Blog) - You are so terrified you do not want to go back to sleep and repeat having the same bad dream again. The dream is so vivid and frightening you get up and pace. You can not stop thinking about it, you can not get it out of you head. You have had a nightmare; someone or something was chasing you or maybe, you were in a very dangerous situation, fighting for your life while being surrounded by snakes. Whatever the horrible, terrifying circumstances, you were having a nightmare.
Nightmares are vividly realistic; disturbing dreams that startle you awake from a deep sleep. They set your heart pounding.
Nightmares are more common in children, but one out of every two adults have nightmares on occasion. Roughly 5% to 10% of adults are plagued by recurrent nightmares.
Nightmares can be caused by after having a late-night snack, which increases your metabolism and triggers the brain to be more active. Drugs, alcohol, smoking, medications, or withdrawal from causes nightmares. Illness and fever can also cause nightmares.
Many people experience nightmares after they have suffered a traumatic event, such as surgery, the loss of a loved one, an assault or a severe accident. The nightmares of combat veterans are in this category. Their nightmares are often directly related to the traumatic events of battle and their nightmares occur over and over.
Our creative minds produce nightmares that can terrify us.
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