A 30-year-old male asked:
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is it normal for your blood pressure and heart rate to be elevated after a scary dream? went back down a few minutes after waking up from the dreaming

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Dr. Gayle Valeros
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: It is normal for our bodies to react physiologically to our dreams, especially if they are scary or frightening. When we are scared or frightened, a 'fight or flight' reflex kicks in which causes our heart rate and blood pressure to become elevated. Since your heart rate and blood pressure come back down to normal a few minutes after waking, everything should be fine.
Answered on Apr 1, 2015
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