Some dreams stick in memory for a long time, are obsessively repeated and generally bring a lot of unpleasant emotions. It's about nightmares. Where do they come from

Why we have nightmares and how it relates to health, nutrition, stress

Scientists from the US say that more than 10% of people have nightmares at least once a month. And they are suitable for both adults and children. There is also an opinion that frightening dreams come to everyone, but not everyone remembers them. Most often, nightmares are dreamed in the second half of the night, in the so-called REM phase of sleep. They ruthlessly pull us out of the arms of Morpheus and leave behind an unpleasant aftertaste. 

However, an unpleasant movie can be quite simply “turned off”, unless, of course, these are the consequences of deep psychological trauma and prolonged depressive states. By the way, specialists cope with the latter quite successfully. So, we are looking for the causes of nightmares and ways to solve them.


Difficulties at work, financial problems, family troubles, moving can cause a nightmare.

How to be?

  • Try to find the cause of your fears . If you can’t do it alone, contact a psychologist.
  • To reduce the flow of negative information, limit watching TV, reading newspapers and books.
  • Minimize communication with unpleasant people, and meet more often those from whom you get the most positive. 


A heavy dinner, spicy and fatty foods, alcohol can contribute to sleep disturbances and contribute to unpleasant dreams. Such a diet increases body temperature and, accordingly, brain activity.

How to be?

  • In order not to sweep everything off the table in the evening, eat 4-5 times a day (3 main meals plus 1-2 snacks).
  • At the same time, have dinner 4 hours before bedtime with something light.
  • A glass of kefir or a jar of unsweetened yogurt will help tame bouts of night hunger. Only no coffee or strong tea!


Sometimes nightmares are the result of incipient or pre-existing illnesses. For example, with developing asthma, nightmares that someone is strangling a person are not uncommon. Moreover, sleeping on the left side with heart problems can also cause unpleasant dreams. Nightmares are also often caused by high fever and fever with a cold, some medications, including antidepressants. Even such factors as an overflowing bladder or a crease in the sheets significantly diversify the plots of the nightly “movie”.

How to be?

  • Waking up, get up and walk around the room, ventilate it well.
  • If possible, tell your loved ones about your experiences. As a rule, by sharing information with someone, you will quickly get rid of the oppressive feeling.
  • Consider the position of the body during sleep - ideally head to the east or north.
  • At the earliest opportunity, go through an unscheduled medical examination.