Enemy of the night

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The moment of fear you feel when being pursued by a veiled murderer, running for your life through a gloomy side street. You cry and yell out for help but no one can hear you. You collapse, and before you know it, the veiled murderer is standing directly in front of you. He pulls out an ax and you wake up saturated in perspiration, realizing it was all just a nightmare. We all have experienced a nightmarish moment, maybe more than once. Nightmares can be very disconcerting because nightmares are hard to understand. What produces a nightmare and why does a nightmare acts a certain way? Most people think nightmares are nothing more than just a wicked dream, a meek nightmare to wake up from in the morning, or debauched dream that will be gone by the time they eat breakfast. With every nightmare, there is a reason for beginning. A nightmare is a vision with negative emotions. According to Psychology Today, “A nightmare is a dream occurring during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep that results in feelings of strong terror, fear, distress or extreme anxiety. This phenomenon tends to transpire in the latter part of the night and often times awakens the sleeper, who is likely to recall the content of the dream.” The nightmares begin sometime in childhood and usually begins to lessen around or after the age of ten. For some people nightmares do not stop. Some people have nightmares their entire life. Nightmares do not usually last very long; not the whole night, like most people think. Yes, a dream or nightmare seems to last for hours, but think about it. Dreams or nightmares are only a small story told in a miniature amount of time. The mind has various dreams or nightmares every night, each one longer than the last. As the dreams be... ... middle of paper ... ...es can be dealt with in many ways. If a nightmare is caused by traumatic events, a therapist might help. Another way of avoiding a nightmare is to try to change the events that are happening and dream of a new ending. In other words, nightmares are dreams with a lot of negative feelings. Fear and anxiety are the most common cause of nightmares. Remember, nightmares are not real, they are just dreams. There are multiple ways that can cause these nighttime scares. Something extremely traumatic to something as simple as a nighttime snack right before bed can cause a person to wake up trembling in the night. Works Cited “Nightmares”. Psychology Today. 13 May 2010. Web. 13 March 2014. “Nightmare Causes”. Mayo Clinic. 12 August 2011. Web. 19 March 2014. “Study of Dreams”. International Association for the Study of Dreams. 2013. Web. 19 March 2014.

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