6 doctors weighed in:

What causes nightmare?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: WorkingInternalFears

During sleep, our minds/brains work to both integrate awake experiences into memory &, as part of this, make sense of many issues, correctly or incorrectly, the best we can.
Fears, anger & sadness, emotions we typically have the most difficulty with, are commonly repressed while awake; allows function & interaction with others. However, while dreaming, issues are worked on & sometimes remembered.

In brief: WorkingInternalFears

During sleep, our minds/brains work to both integrate awake experiences into memory &, as part of this, make sense of many issues, correctly or incorrectly, the best we can.
Fears, anger & sadness, emotions we typically have the most difficulty with, are commonly repressed while awake; allows function & interaction with others. However, while dreaming, issues are worked on & sometimes remembered.
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Nightmares

Nightmares can be associated with another sleep disorder. Many other factors can trigger nightmares, including: stress, trauma, scary books and movies, bedtime snacks, illness, medications, and substance abuse.

In brief: Nightmares

Nightmares can be associated with another sleep disorder. Many other factors can trigger nightmares, including: stress, trauma, scary books and movies, bedtime snacks, illness, medications, and substance abuse.
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology

In brief: No More Nightmares

When we have disturbing or distressing experiences we are supposed to dream about them but you can learn how to sleep through them. When you sleep through your dreams, you won't care because you won't remember them. The most important factor in dreams is how we respond to them. Please see No More Nightmares-How to Use Planned Dream Intervention to End Nightmares

In brief: No More Nightmares

When we have disturbing or distressing experiences we are supposed to dream about them but you can learn how to sleep through them. When you sleep through your dreams, you won't care because you won't remember them. The most important factor in dreams is how we respond to them. Please see No More Nightmares-How to Use Planned Dream Intervention to End Nightmares
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In brief: 2 types

One type of nightmare occurs as part of ptsd and repeats a traumatic experience, much unchanged.
Another represents in poetic, frightening imagery, fears we would prefer not to face.

In brief: 2 types

One type of nightmare occurs as part of ptsd and repeats a traumatic experience, much unchanged.
Another represents in poetic, frightening imagery, fears we would prefer not to face.
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