Nothing is certain of what causes Nightmares But here are some things ive been told that causes them: Something you eat before you fall asleep; being scared of something; thinking about something that scares you before you fall asleep; Or Watching a scary movie. I know this isnt a very GOOD answer but i hope it helps :3
Well nothing really causes nightmares.What could be an related answer to your question is if you watched a scary movie before you go to bed than that could be the problem.The same thing has been going on with me the past 3 week's i try not thinking about my dream when i'd go to bed.Right before i go to a bed I think of a happy place or something that makes me happy and when I go to bed i try dreaming of that happy place.So maybe if you'd want either try that or if it doesn't work and it goes on and it gets ti the point where your so scared you don't wanna sleep at all then call someone and go get some help cause personally I like helping people i don't wanna think about you suffering so just comment me and we can talk about it.well i better go i've got work so I hope you get better dream's bye!
That is a question people can't really find out about cuz believe it or not we are to stupid to use our whole brain and we can barely figure out our own brain. but I think its from having bad or scary experiences. Great question
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A nightmare is a dream occuring during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that brings out feelings of strong fear, terror, distress, or extreme anxiety. Nightmares are usually in the latter part of the night and wake up the sleeper, who is able to remember the content of the dream.
Nightmares tend to be more common among children and become less frequent toward adulthood. About 50% of adults have occasional nightmares, women more often than men.
Anxiety and stress are the most common causes of nightmares. A major life event occurs before the nightmare in most cases.
Other causes of nightmares include:
Abrupt alcohol withdrawal Breathing disorder in sleep (sleep apnea) Death of a loved one (bereavement) Excessive alcohol consumption Illness with a fever Reaction to or side effect of a drug Recent withdrawal from a drug, such as sleeping pills Sleep disorder (narcolepsy, sleep terror disorder)
Eating just before going to bed, which raises the body's metabolism and brain activity, may cause nightmares to occur more often.
If you are under severe stress, ask for support from friends and relatives. Talking about what is on your mind can really help. Also, follow a regular fitness routine, with aerobic exercise if possible. You will find that you will be able to fall asleep faster, sleep more deeply, and wake up feeling more refreshed. Learn techniques to reduce muscle tension (relaxation therapy), which also will help reduce your anxiety.
Practice good sleep hygiene. Go to bed at the same time each night, and wake up at the same time each morning. Avoid long-term use of tranquilizers, as well as caffeine and other stimulants.
If you noticed that your nightmares started shortly after you began taking a new medication, contact your health care provider. He or she will let you know how to stop taking that medication if necessary, and can recommend an alternative.
For nightmares caused by the effects of "street drugs" or regular alcohol use, ask for advice on the best ways to quit. An Alcoholics Anonymous group, for example, might suggest a safe way for you to stop drinking without putting your health at risk. You can attend their regularly scheduled meetings. support group.
Also, look at your lifestyle -- friends, work, family -- to find and change factors that encourage substance abuse.
Sweetguy pretty much had most of the heart of it. I'll also add that many neurologists believe that nightmares are a reaction of the brain to wake you up for any reason you could need to.
For example, those that suffer for sleep apnea stop breathing momentarily during their sleep and nightmares are the brain's way to force you to wake up to breathe. My father had that for a long time until he started getting treatment for it.
It could also be stress or an obsessive idea that floats in your mind before sleep. Unlike the popular myth, food doesn't cause nightmares. On the contrary, the reason why you may feel sleepy after a meal is because the body is asking for sleep because that's the time when digestion is at its best.
In my case it's anything with cheese on it, too late in the day! If I eat pizza for dinner, I dream of big old pizzas coming to eat me up, in recompense for all the pizzas I've eaten. Also, too much heat - if I'm too hot, I dream of big old pizzas...etc. Or even worse things - layers of lasagna smothering me, spaghetti tying me up, meatballs the size of oxen. Sometimes nightmares can be fun! Especially falling ones - I learned that if you just let your self fall, you don't actually die! So, if you dream you're on a steep roof - just let yourself slide off - it's really great fun!
There is a theory that your brain makes dreams to help you in real life. Some people have shown that they can solve a math problem easier or even know the answer to an unsolved problem after falling asleep. Also, our brains have nightmares to help prepare us for situations; younger children tend to have more natural fears like big scary monsters, but as we develop we get more real life nightmares. There was an experiment in which some scientist had a guy (fairly inexperienced) play a difficult skiing video-game while testing his brain waves. When they had him sleep over night they found that his brain thought a lot about the game and improved greatly when they had him try again after his sleep. To answer your question the best I can it could be because you are stressed and thoroughly trying to solve a problem but your subconscious can't find a solution, so is trying again and again.