Learn about the causes of Nightmares & find a practitioner in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to help you overcome Nightmares within New Zealand.
Nightmares are distressing dreams that trigger disturbing emotional responses such as fear, anxiety, stress or melancholy. Nightmares are the body's way of dealing with stress and can cause the sleeper to temporarily awaken in an agitated state. Nightmares can be caused by illness, medications, deep rooted emotions, negative past experiences, stressful situations from the previous day or family bereavement.
Nightmares can be caused by a number of physical and psychological
reasons. Nightmares occur during REM sleep typically during the middle
of night and onward. Nightmares can usually be recalled on wakening and
tend to occur during emotional turmoil or times of insecurity.
In adults, prescription drugs, illegal drugs and excessive alcohol consumption are common causes of nightmares. Nightmares can also be due to unresolved psychological and emotional trauma. People suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) frequently suffer with nightmares.
Emotional conflict between parents can be a trigger for nightmares in children. However, child nightmares can be a natural part of growing up and are considered a normal part of development.
Frequent episodes of nightmares can be an indicator of deeper psychological problems and may require professional intervention to determine their cause.
Nightmare symptoms appear on waking. A person may feel frightened,
anxious and physical tense. Night terrors, which occur during non-REM
sleep, can cause someone to wake up sweating heavily with a rapid
heart-rate. The person may also be screaming in fear and completely
unaware of their surroundings.
Unlike nightmares, night terrors are difficult to recall and generally people are unsure what scared them. Some people who experience night terrors may also sleepwalk.