Here’s Why You May Be Prone To Scary Dreams

Waking up drenched in sweat after a nightmare is a pretty terrible feeling, but it turns out some people are more prone to having scary dreams than others. Rubin Naiman, psychologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine writes, “Occasional nightmares are a normal part of dreaming and can provide valuable insight into our psychological and spiritual lives.” But for some people, they’re a chronic condition. Those suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are more likely to experience nightmares, as are those who suffer with depression, insomnia, or sleep paralysis. There are also those who have “idiopathic nightmares,” a type that doesn’t occur for any known reason. The good news for those who have frequent nightmares is that there’s a medication that can help, as can imagery rehearsal therapy. Naiman adds, “Once people start paying attention to their dreams, a whole world opens up. Dreams can relate to the world at large, what’s going on in the community, politically, socially, economically. Dreams can be a parallel to how people see their lives.”