Interesting Facts About Nightmare


  • Research published in the journal Sleep has found that fear is not the prominent emotion in nightmares. Rather, researchers found that it’s more often feelings of sadness, confusion and guilt.

  • One-third of your lives is spent sleeping.
  • Sleep experts believe that all dreams, including nightmares, take place during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Most people experience REM sleep three to five times per night.
  • Nightmares can lead to persistent problems, as people can anticipate them and develop anxiety. They may fear falling asleep, and when awakened by a nightmare, will be unable to fall back asleep. This is called artificial insomnia.
  • Blind people can dream. People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams and those who were born blind dream as vividly, however, instead of seeing images, they use their other senses such as smell, sound, touch etc. to dream.
  • Some nightmares may be triggered by traumatic events, such as soldiers returning from war. Soldiers often report seeing the scenes that caused their injuries in dreams.
  • Scientists have found that physical aggression was the most frequently reported theme in nightmares and that those nightmares are more likely to become so intense they wake a person.
  • Dreams are indispensable. A lack of dream activity can mean protein deficiency or a personality disorder.
  • We dream on average of one or two hours every night. And we often even have 4-7 dreams in one night.
  • The word dream stems from the Middle English word, dreme which means “joy” and “music”.

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