(ORDO NEWS) — Absolutely all people have nightmares from time to time. However, some face this problem almost every night.
Sometimes dreams are so terrible that when a person wakes up, he feels a very strong heartbeat and can no longer fall asleep. How can this problem be solved?
A nightmare is a very disturbing dream that provokes the emergence of negative emotions and feelings. In most cases, scary dreams occur in the middle of the night or early in the morning.
Very often, children up to 6 years of age have nightmares, but after 10 years, they gradually become fewer.
Scientists conducted research and found that girls see bad dreams more often than boys. As some people get older, the problem persists and bothers them regularly.
Why do you have nightmares?
Deirdre Barrett from Harvard University talked about the fact that to some extent nightmares are necessary for a person to survive.
In this way, the brain tries to draw a person’s attention to certain problems in his life that require immediate resolution. This makes it much easier to experience stressful situations when they occur in real life.
In a dream, those feelings or emotions that a person feels during the day begin to manifest.
It is worth remembering that stress can await at every step. Do not forget about internal conflicts, family scandals, as well as post-traumatic stress.
Nightmares can occur at night due to lack of sleep. The most frequent reasons include reading scary books or watching horror movies, drinking alcohol or drugs.
Sometimes scary dreams can be the result of taking certain medications that can affect neurotransmitters.
How to deal with nightmares
In order to cope with nightmares, you need to try to avoid stressful situations. Experts recommend taking a warm bath one hour before going to bed. Aromatherapy, which allows you to relax, also helps.
Do not forget that problems in everyday life can turn into nightmares. You need to keep a diary with notes. Then it will be easier to analyze them in writing.
Before going to bed, you should refuse to drink alcoholic beverages. It is not necessary to have dinner too late, because this will have a negative effect not only on the quality of sleep, but also on the whole body.
You need to pay attention to the sleep schedule. It is important to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
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