Nightmare Disorder

  1. Nightmare disorder, also known as 'dream anxiety disorder', is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. The nightmares, which often portray the individual in a situation that jeopardizes their life or personal safety, usually occur during the second half of the sleeping process, called the REM stage.

Myth- You can develop this disorder by not sleeping, and the sleeper will forget everything that happened.

Truth -

  1. Young children normally have nightmares once or twice a week and will usually not develop a nightmare disorder unless they are under severe psychological stress.
  2. It is more common for a child to be diagnosed with nightmare disorder however, since children do not usually experience many nightmares when they are young.
  3. During the nightmare, the sleeper may scream and yell out things. The victim is often awakened by these threatening and frightening dreams and can often vividly remember their experience.
  4. A person experiencing nightmare disorder would have trouble going through everyday tasks; the anxiety and lack of sleep caused by the fearful dreams would hinder the individual from completing everyday jobs efficiently and correctly.
  5. If the individual is on medication, the nightmares may be attributed to some side effects of the drug.
Night mares wake kids up because they get really scared and usually cant fall back asleep.

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