- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- If the individual is on medication, the nightmares may be attributed to some side effects of the drug.