Also called nightmares are vividly realistic, disturbing dreams that rattle a person awake from a deep sleep. They often increase heart beat. They occur either in the first few hours of falling asleep or at the end of a deep sleep. They are experienced as feelings, so people do not recall why they are terrified upon awakening.
HOW IS BAD DREAMS DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis of bad dreams is done when a person experiences them repeatedly. It disrupts your sleep pattern, and interferes with your ability to function during the day. The doctor will require details of medical history. The doctor may advise a sleep study where the sensors monitor various functions of: • heartbeat • brain waves • breathing • blood oxygen levels • eye movements • leg movements • muscle tension
HOW IS BAD DREAMS TREATED?
A psychiatric counseling helps in treating bad dreams. If it’s the result of a medication then the doctor may change the dosage or medication to eliminate the unwanted effect. Behavioural changes also help in treating bad dreams. Somnology is used to treat bad dreams
DID YOU KNOW?
Having a midnight snack can make the metabolism and the brain overactive, which can lead to bad dreams.