Nightmares are scary or disturbing dreams and can range in their effects from in-the-moment discomfort to long-term insomnia and difficulty with daily function. Nightmares are most common in children; however, adults may also suffer from nightmares. Recurring or intense nightmares are frequently associated with post-traumatic stress or other unprocessed traumas, and there are many therapies and practices that are aimed at reducing their frequency and intensity, from guided visualizations to aromatherapy to brainspotting.
Every few months, I have a nightmare that jolts me out of sleep. I’m usually breathing heavily, covered in sweat, and convinced that I really was just racing through a post-apocalyptic landscape, or battling a shark, or trying to scream for help in a burning house.
While you dream, your body is temporarily paralyzed. This stops you from acting out your dreams and potentially injuring yourself. But sometimes this inability to move persists even after you've woken up, giving rise to the terrible nightmares of sleep paralysis.
For Dr. Guy Leschziner’s patients, there is no rest for the weary in mind and body. Insomnia, narcolepsy, night terrors, apnea, and sleepwalking are just a sampling of conditions afflicting sufferers who cannot sleep―and their experiences in trying are the stuff of nightmares.
Charlie Morley is a Lucid Dreaming teacher and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism specializing in the use of both Western scientific and Tibetan Buddhist dream practices with the aims of bringing mindful awareness into all stages of dream, sleep and waking life.
Whether you’re spitting out teeth, plummeting from a ten-story building, or standing in a public place completely naked, nightmares always leave you in a cold sweat, wondering what just happened and what it all means. The Nightmare Dictionary helps you unlock the mystery behind your bad dreams.
What is Nightmare Disorder? Nightmare Disorder is also called parasomnia. Which is a condition in which a person experiences frequent vivid nightmares. Each person goes through about 4 to 6 sleep cycles each night. As we continue sleeping the length of REM sleep increases, per cycle.