What Causes Dreams and Nightmares?

Dreams and Nightmares


Dreams and Nightmares

Allison Getchell, Staff Writer

Why do we dream?

Everyone dreams from birth until death. Of course there are thousands of types of dreams, and several reasons for them. The causes are from all aspects of a person’s life. It could be from something seen on the internet, or television, or even on film.

Other times it’s a desire a person has or an experience of everyday life.
Dreaming occurs during rapid eye movement (REM) for about one to two hours a night. During this sleep stage, the body is paralyzed for a short period of time, protecting the person from acting out their dreams. While dreaming, the mind is open for creativity, growth, and health.

Dreams touch base with everyday life, including small details of the previous hours. They allow emotional healing with relationships or even help practice for a future event. Sometimes, you can dream about an achievement that you have made recently. Dreaming opens up an imagination that you don’t experience in everyday life.  

Another aspect of dreaming is nightmares. A few of the triggers of nightmares is stress of an everyday life, tragedy, poisonous life at home, or just eating a midnight snack. Someone’s eating habits can affect a lot of things about sleep. For example, you could possibly be allergic to pineapple, and if you consume pineapple before bed, nightmares may occur. Once you stop eating the pineapple, the nightmares may stop.

Even the anxiety and stress of school can affect the way you dream. A lot of school work, and studying could put an edge to your sleeping patterns and kids often find themselves dreaming about disasters happening in school, or failing a test or assignment. Also, a heartbreaking experience, such as death or maybe divorce, could take part in your nightmares.

The possibilities are endless.