Nightmares: Room for Growth

When we are moving through challenges or changes, we process these on all levels. How we deal with the changes and how we effectively process them can impact our sleep. In one way, we may manifest sleep disturbances via bad dreams or nightmares.

When we have a nightmare, it evokes feelings of distress, anxiety and fear.  Nightmares generally induce complete or partial wakefulness, and people tend to remember them in more detail than normal dreams.  Most people have a nightmare—a really serious nightmare, that is—only a few times in their lives. These dreams generally refer to emotional challenges relating to an issue they are too scared to explore while awake. The nightmare is a trigger for them to talk about it from a safer distance, thereby releasing what mental blockages were initially holding them back from exploring. Persistent or repetitive nightmares, however, can be a cause for a deeper concern, as not only do they lead to sleep disorders, but can be both the cause and effect of deeper psychological problems.

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