Nightmares And Bad Dreams

We’ve all had nightmares at some stage in our lives. Most people have memories of waking up terrified of monsters and other things that go-bump-in-the-night as children. And, while it’s common for children to experience nightmares, or “night terrors”, it’s not so common for adults to have recurring nightmares unless there are some underlying issues.
As an adult, if you find yourself waking frequently in the night due to nightmares, there are some things that can be done to find out why this is the case. First, you may want to investigate whether you have an underlying sleep disorder. Are you excessively tired during the daytime? Do you find that you need to drink coffee all day long just to keep going? If you are married, has your spouse mentioned that you snore? These are good questions to start with when beginning to investigate whether you have an underlying sleep disorder.
Sleep disorders come in various shapes and sizes, but no matter what form they all need to be checked by a doctor. One of the most common sleep disorders is called Sleep Apnea. You may have already heard of Sleep Apnea, but you may not know that it can be present in many different types of people, not just the extremely overweight or elderly as may be commonly thought.
If you find that you are an adult and you are having a problem with nightmares, you will definitely want to begin by looking for any underlying disorders. While sleep disorders can be the cause of nightmares, they can also sometimes be caused by PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder among other psychological issues. If you have recently gone through a very traumatic event or phase in life and find that you are frequently awakened by vivid nightmares, and this is causing a problem with both your sleep quality and the quality of life during your waking hours, you may want to be evaluated by a medical professional.
In conclusion, we all know that children suffer from nightmares and night terrors, but when adults have frequent or recurring nightmares that begin to interfere with their quality of life, it’s wise to bring this to the attention of a medical professional. Underlying sleep disorders, as well as untreated PTSD can wreak havoc on the day-to-day quality of life, and in the case with untreated sleep disorders, can actually be fatal. Do yourself a favor, if you are having recurring nightmares and are finding that they interfere significantly with your life, set up an appointment with your doctor to evaluate whether the nightmares are related to a more serious and underlying disorder.