Study: Frustrations, Emotions Can Cause Nightmares

Waking up from a nightmare is not a pleasant feeling, and new findings suggest the bad dreams can be caused by feelings of frustration with your life. University of Cardiff researchers questioned 310 respondents about their feelings and dream patterns. They found people whose needs for independence, relatedness and feeling competent that weren’t being met felt more frustrated and had more nightmares or dreams featuring sad or angry emotions. Also, when those individuals were asked to interpret their dreams they were more likely to use negative words, compared to those who felt their psychological needs were being met. Lead study author Netta Weinstein explains, “Negative dream emotions may directly result from distressing dream events and might represent the psyche’s attempt to process and make sense of particularly psychologically challenging waking experiences.” (UPI