Nightmares Keeping You Up?

Some possible reasons for bad dreams

While nightmares mostly affect children, even adults have an occasional bad dream.Why do nightmares happen? The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of possible causes:

  • Being stressed or anxious, often resulting from a significant life event.
  • Withdrawing too quickly from alcohol use, or drinking too much alcohol.
  • Having a sleep disorder, such as narcolepsy.
  • Being sick with a fever.
  • Having a side effect or reaction to a drug.
  • Eating too close to bedtime, which raises your metabolism and increases brain activity.

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