Nightmares are common!

How many of us as a child have had Nightmares (bad dreams) and ran to our parents room to find comfort  in the middle of the night?  Well, I sure have!

What Exactly Is a Nightmare?

Almost everyone gets them once in a while — adults, as well as kids.  A nightmare is a bad dream.  It can may make you feel scared, or upset, but nightmares are not real and can’t harm you!

While you sleep, your brain doesn’t just turn off.  It goes through several sleep stages, including REM, or Rapid Eye Movement, sleep.  Why do they call it that?  Because during this stage of sleep, your eyes move back and forth under your closed eyelids. During REM sleep, you have dreams and sometimes those dreams can be scary or upsetting.

About every 90 minutes your brain switches between non-REM sleep and REM sleep.  The amount of time spent in REM sleep increases with each sleep cycle through the night. The longest periods of REM sleep occur towards morning. If you wake during this REM stage, it is easier for you to remember what you were dreaming about.  That’s why your most vivid dreams — and nightmares — occur in the early morning hours.

Remedies:   Read or watch something inspiring. You can also visualize a tranquil scene or imagine yourself doing something you enjoy. Whatever you’re thinking just prior to sleep can have a huge impact on your dreams.  Thinking negative thoughts while you fall asleep are often causes of bad dreams!

-The Futon Man

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