Psychology of Nightmares


Have you ever woke up from a bad dream and said, "WTF was that?"

   For the past few nights this has been my dilemma. I'd have the craziest ass dream about someone trying to kill me or my friends and loved ones, yet no one in the dream believed me. The worst part is I wouldn't wake up from it when shit goes down. It's like I was stuck in a gory horror movie with no escape. The freakiest part is today is Friday the 13th which really lets me feel at peace knowing I'll go to sleep to yet again another terrifying dream. 

   At DivineMinds we take pride in learning how to use our brains to better our lives which got me thinking, what is the psychology of a nightmare? Below I will explain what I found and give YOU, our beloved reader some tips on how to kick bad dreams in the ass. Shall we...

   Nightmares are dreams that occur during REM sleep (rapid eye movement) and is usually a normal reaction to stress or anxiety. Hmm...maybe one clue that may answer my problem, but lets go a little deeper. Interesting note! Frequent occurrence of nightmares becomes a disorder when it impairs social, occupational and other important areas of functioning (eating,sleeping, late night porno-thon). This is referred to as Nightmare Disorder (formerly Dream Anxiety Disorder)...Not too creative with the names right? How about Repeated Crazy Axe Murderer Chasing You Nightmare Disorder or S.Y.P.N.D (Shit Yo pants Nightmare Disorder).  Most dreams occur during the last two hours of sleep. But the key thing to take away is these last two hours are the most important of your sleep cycle. This is when your body produces the most hormones, like natural HGH (human growth hormone), which helps repair the body. If these last two stages of sleep are interrupting then your mood suffers, your body suffers and your sleep cycle is practically fucked. 

   So what now? "If the last two hours of sleep are the most important, yet they are the hours of which my nightmares can occur what do I do?" Well my friend I have found a few tips that will help curb any nightmare. 

Tip Numero Uno:

  • Try reading a biography or happy themed fiction book before bed. How do I know this works, because I used to do this every night before bed. But for the past week I have been slacking off and coincidentally that's when I have had a few nightmares. Give it a try, once you begin reading your mind just slips  into sleep. I challenge you to see how long you can stay awake while reading before bed.... It's not easy. 

Tip Numero Dos:

  • "Don't worry be happy" ba bum bum bum.. Leave all your troubles and stressors behind before hitting the sack. I've noticed this theme when trying to go to sleep stung out. If I was stressed I'd sleep like shit and occasionally have a weird or bad dream. Try meditating before bed to clear your mind and feel happier.

Tip Numero Tres:

  • Don't spend the last hour of your day before bed tweeting or scrolling through Facebook posts...Unless it's -> only exception...Any time you stare at a artificial light from a computer or phone it will effect the way you sleep. I will go over this more in another post for you guys because it's too interesting to just slightly go over it. 

Tip Numero Quatro:

  • Get a little bit of that ganja in your life. Now I'm not saying I know this first hand ;) but it is true that Marijuana helps you sleep. For those of you who are against it theres only one thing to say...We're living in the year 2015, the facts are out there all over the internet and if that doesn't convince you just look at the list of states that have legalized and made it legal for medical uses. The proof is in the pudding, case in point. 

  So if you guys have been battling bad dreams or freaky ass nightmares like me, try some of these tips out! I know I'm going back to my old habits to ensure a better nights sleep. Hey if some of these tips don't work for you just contact me personally and I'll do some additional research for you. At DivineMinds we're here to help you live an optimized life and that's why we're here to help. 

-John D. Schaser