Possible Underlying Causes of Nightmares

nightmares of a dark and scary hallway of an abandoned hospital with blood splatted on the walls

Nightmares are natural occurrences. We all have had them at one point or another. These are dreams in the middle of the night filled with terrifying images. Things that haunt us and flood us with feelings of fear, anxiety, or sadness. Usually, they entail some sort of dangerous situation. These includes dreams such as falling or drowning, or a frightening object. Some may dream of animals such as snakes or haunted houses. Some even dream of people that they know or demonic versions of them. Sometimes the nightmares can be mild and simple such as falling, that wake us up. Other times, they seem to be so vivid and real that they scare us even after we wake up. We learned long ago as children that these bad dreams were not caused by the monsters under the bed or in our closet. But what causes nightmares?
Possible Causes of Nightmares

Nightmares may occur due to a variety of physical and psychological reasons. For example, having a high fever can cause a variety of nightmares. Sleeping in a place such as very tight quarters or low bunk beds, or in a position where are you facing a wall or laying on your pillow can often lead to dreams with a smothering or drowning theme as your response to your environment subconsciously. Eating just before you go to sleep stimulates brain activity. Thus can also cause a person to suffer from nightmares.


Another major factor in nightmares is Stress. It can manifest itself in physical ways. Your dreams, too, are affected by the levels of stress in your life. These often lead to these scary dreams. Particularly, nightmares that have a sense of failure, of being pursued by an enemy, of being captured, or unjustly persecuted can be a result of stress. Some believe that these are manifestations of the anxieties that the stress you encounter is placing upon you psychologically.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 

nightmares a scary alien looking being with sharp teeth and blood dripping from both hands. the being has its palms on a glass window and he is looking through it in a a really scary way 

Whatever may be the underlying reason why terrible dreams happen, there are a few things that you can do to help minimize the occurrence of these negative dreams. Being calm and sleeping in a relaxing atmosphere can help ease anxiety or stress that you may be experienced throughout the day to help keep that stress from entering into your sleep. Taking a relaxing bath before bed, spraying your sheets with aromatherapy mist to soothe you as you sleep, and using natural sounds, such as calming waves, to help drown out street noise can all help you to create a peaceful place for you to sleep.

It is best to medicate with cannabis if you have nightmares that are frequent and reoccurring. Cannabis is the is best alternative. This, compared to taking poison sold by pharmaceutical companies.