What causes nightmares?

A Chinese study showed the following:

• Those in the “neurotic category” were more likely to have scary dreams.

• There is evidence of a genetic susceptibility to nightmares.

• Frequency was also linked to income and unemployment. Those reporting the lowest incomes were 2.3 times more likely to have three or more nightmares a week compared to the more affluent.

• Higher levels of stress associated with lower incomes and social status may predispose some people to nightmares.

• The risk of having a psychiatric disorder was 5.7 times greater for those with frequent nightmares compared with those without.

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