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Nightmare disorder

Nightmare disorder

Nightmares are common among children. The definition of them is the dream which is associated with negative feelings, usually fear and anxiety. Nightmares can start at the age 3 and last until puberty!

At the age 10, children usually have less nightmares than before. At that time, boys and girls have the same number of nightmares. But at the age 13, girls have more nightmares than boys. Scientist claims that nightmares occur because of undesirable experience, children have while falling asleep. They last only a few minutes, although we have an impression that they last much longer.

Every nightmare has features like: storyline of your dream is related to some danger, your dream is more vivid and real, you are scared while dreaming, you are sweating and you fall back to sleep very hard. Usually nightmares go away by themselves, but if not, going to the doctors is required. If your child, has a fear of going to sleep, behavior problems during daytime and disrupt sleep, you must take it to the doctor.

The common factors that trigger nightmares are stress, trauma, sleep deprivation, substance abuse and scary books and movies. Knowing that many children like computer games and movies, which are full with violence, this is the common factor for triggering nightmares. When your child stops play violent games and watch scary movies, nightmares will go away. Stress is also a very common factor that triggers nightmares! Although you may think that child life is full with happiness, they can have serious problems at school or with other children. In both cases you should have a sleep diary, where you will be writing down description of nightmares and a list of all medications, before you go to the doctors.

 



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