Nightmares often give you feelings of fear, pain or anxiety, In addition to taking away the desire to go back to sleep. However, according to a 2014 study, these dream manifestations can also generate sadness, anger, confusion or frustration, and guilt.
This is not surprising if one takes into account that lack of help, aggression, accident, death or personal conflict are the most recurring themes.
they are usually during periods of sleep when REM intervals become longer Sometimes they occur after experiencing a painful episode in the middle of sleep, and other times because of the stress of daily life or as a side effect of a medication.
sometimes, instead of Recurring disturbing dreams and nightmares can be a sign of serious health problems.
Nightmares may be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease
hearing loss and epilepsy this chronic neurodegenerative disorder may have early symptoms characterized by motor symptoms, such as tremor or postural instability.
Nightmares too, as research from the University of Birmingham has shown. according to older adults who use Frequent nightmares or nightmares doubled the likelihood of a Parkinson’s diagnosis.
,While we need to do more research in this area, identifying the meaning of nightmares and nightmares can indicate that individuals are experiencing Your dreams change as you get older—with no obvious trigger– medical advice should be sought,” lead author Dr. Abidemi Otaiku said at the time.
Disturbing dreams have been linked to dementia
Sleeping too little or too many leads to sleepiness possibility of deterioration of brain function, A classic symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Bad dreams too.
A study published in 2022 the Lancet found that a higher frequency of distressing dreams was “linearly and statistically significant” with an increased risk of cognitive decline in middle-aged adults and an increased risk of dementia in older adults.
People who reported having nightmares weekly 4 times higher risk of experiencing cognitive decline compared to middle-aged adults who reported not having them. The difference in dementia risk was 2-fold.
They could also warn of heart problems
Preliminary results from a 2020 study showed that Nightmares may be a risk factor for heart disease.
An evaluation of 3,468 veterans with an average age of 38 years showed that 32% of them reported having frequent nightmares and 35% severe nightmares during the past week. it is linked to heart problems, high blood pressure and myocardial infarction After adjustment for age, gender and race.
The associations with high blood pressure and heart problems remained significant after controlling for a diagnosis of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
They can be an indicator of mental health problems
anxiety, stress or depression They can bring with them recurring nightmares.
They are also a core symptom of PTSD, “perhaps because the difficulty withthat traumatic events are rooted in people’s inability to processs”, refers to BBC Neil Greenberg, Advocacy Professor of Mental Health at King’s College London. “So what happens is that your mind unconsciously tries to play with them, tries to understand them.”
Data from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in 2009 Sleep Medicine ClinicIt has been shown that up to 80% of people with PTSD have frequent nightmares.
Research suggests that adversity, especially in childhood, can affect the ability to regulate emotions and contribute to these spontaneous and intense anxiety dreams.
Studies have also shown other mental health problems are often associated with nightmares, such as: bipolar disorder and schizophrenia,
when to see a doctor
“The The connection between nightmares and dementia is associated with a decline of cognitive areas affected by dementia, such as memory and processing speed,” he explains in best life Isabella Gordon, sleep expert and founder of the Sleep Society.
“They might as well Early warning signs in some cases of Parkinson’s disease Caused by a decrease in dopamine production or an increase in REM sleep behavior disorder.”
for heart disease, andThese dreams can lead to high cortisol levels overnight, “that can cause an increase in blood pressure, which increases the risk of developing heart disease,” he explains.
Nightmares or unpleasant dreams may occur from time to time, especially if you are anxious or stressed. but if they happen often, practically repeatedly You should consult a doctor every time you go to bed.