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Question Nightmares and dreams? - September 30th 2012, 03:50 AM

What causes nightmares? I've had a few about people close to me dying. Also I have a hard time separating nightmares from real life. I had a dream about my friend dying and I wondered all day at school if she was ok.
And what is the purpose of just regular dreams and nightmares?

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Re: Nightmares and dreams? - September 30th 2012, 04:31 AM

NIghtmares are fears brought up by your sub-conscious.


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Re: Nightmares and dreams? - September 30th 2012, 10:53 PM

A lot of time nightmares occur when you are really worried about something when you go to sleep, your brain creates hypothetical situations and "what-if" situations because you were worried about something the night before or just thinking hard about something the night before.

I thought about my friends clubbing at the notorious Kings Cross and my brain one night sent me into the situation of me as a paramedic (my goal career) treating my friend on the floor after she was spiked.

I was thinking hard one night about the day my friend was badly hurt and how I wtinessed that, so my brain put me in the situation and brought up those memories of exactly what I saw that day, which was extremely traumatic for me, so it came up in my dream.

So I would just say dreams and nightmares are role-playing scenarios inluenced by events and scenarios and thoughts and emotions and desires in real life, in your waking hours.

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Re: Nightmares and dreams? - October 1st 2012, 12:22 AM

Nightmares (and dreams) can be caused by any number of things. It's not a simple cause-and-effect, and it's not always about the "subconscious." For example, you might have a bad dream if you eat before going to bed (and don't give your stomach enough time to start digesting the food). If you watch a violent movie before going to bed, or if you think about a friend before going to bed, you might end up dreaming about those events or that person (maybe the two will even combine, so that your friend dies violently in your nightmare).

Information about the neurobiology of dreaming can be viewed here. Basically, given how much time you spend dreaming, you're bound to have a few nightmares here and there. It's nothing to be alarmed about, unless the nightmares occur over and over again, and begin to affect your life in a negative way.

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