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A 47-year-old female asked:

How important are dreams /nightmares important in mental or overall health. do they really play any part at all ?

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Family Medicine 40 years experience
Important: Poor sleep is not good for us. Nightmares can disturb sleep. Frequent bad dreams can indicate problems that need to be addressed during the day. There is a lot of woo-woo about what exactly dreams can tell us but basically chaotic sleep can reflect chaos awake. So frequent bad dreams should indicate the need to reassess what's going on in your life, changing what you can, if can't get some help
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