What health problems are caused by nightmares?

An article in an online British paper recently reported on a Chinese study done on the effects bad dreams can have on us. No, it’s not just about the disrupting, sweaty sleep they can cause. Bad dreams can actually have far more health consequences than you might imagine. Problems like:

• insomnia
• fatigue
• headaches
• depression
• anxiety

In fact, mental health problems, such as depression, were five times more common in people who had regular nightmares. And about one in 20 people suffer from frequent or chronic nightmares--defined as at least once a week.

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