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No More Nightmares Quiz

Take this quiz to test your knowledge of nightmares: when they occur, what they mean and how you can prevent them.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Nightmares occur in which sleep cycle?

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The correct answer is: The most vivid dreams occur during the REM (rapid-eye movement) phase of sleep. During this stage, the brain is most like its wakeful state -- especially the parts of the brain responsible for attention, emotions and memory -- but our bodies are paralyzed by sleep. Throughout the night, you can go through four or five phases of REM, and in each phase, you can have dreams or nightmares.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Who has nightmares most frequently?

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The correct answer is: Nightmares are more common in children, and happen equally in both girls and boys until puberty. For children, nightmares can be triggered by routine events, such as school changes and trips. They may also be caused by illness or relationship problems.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

At what age does the frequency of nightmares decline?

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The correct answer is: Nightmares in children tend to decrease after age 10. However, people may continue to have them throughout their teen and adult years.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What percentage of adults have nightmares occasionally?

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The correct answer is: As much as 85% of adults have nightmares occasionally. So they're not uncommon, but frequent and recurring nightmares may be a sign of a larger problem and should be discussed with your doctor.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of these people is more likely to have a nightmare?

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The correct answer is: A lack of sleep can increase the likelihood of nightmares. If you've been suffering from nightmares, try setting a regular, earlier bedtime, and stick to it.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Nightmares are more common in…

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The correct answer is: After puberty, nightmares are more common in women than in men. Some research suggests that women's nightmares fit generally into three categories: fearful dreams, loss of a loved one and confused dreams.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a risk factor for nightmares?

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The correct answer is: Research suggests genetics plays a role in who gets nightmares and who doesn't. If your parents or siblings have a lot of nightmares, you are more likely to have nightmares, too.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of these people is more likely to have a nightmare?

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The correct answer is: People with low incomes are more likely to have nightmares. In fact, people with the lowest incomes are 2.3 times more likely to have three or more nightmares each week compared to high-income earners, according to a Chinese study. Here's why: People who struggle with money and finances are more likely to experience high levels of stress that can cause nightmares.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Losing teeth is one of the most common nightmares people have. What do dream researchers think it means?

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The correct answer is: Dream researchers say "teeth dreams" -- in which you either lose your teeth or they crumble from your mouth -- may actually mean you're worried about something you've said. You may be wishing you could take back something you said or "put it back in your mouth."

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Another common nightmare is one in which you're free falling. What might this mean about your life?

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The correct answer is: A nightmare about falling may mean you feel powerless or out of control.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Being chased in a nightmare may mean…

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The correct answer is: Being chased in a nightmare may mean you feel pressured in some way, according to dream interpreters. It may also mean you feel inhibited.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a positive benefit of nightmares?

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The correct answer is: Nightmares may not be fun, but they may help you deal with traumas, work out anxieties and ease stress. Some dream scientists say nightmares and dreams help us work through the problems of our waking life.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Nightmares can cause which of these health consequences?

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The correct answer is: Insomnia, headaches and depression are all possible consequences of frequent bad dreams and nightmares. Mental health problems, such as depression, are five times more common in people with regular nightmares.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these is more likely to cause nightmares?

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The correct answer is: Your mom was right -- scary books and movies can cause nightmares, especially if you read or watch them right before bed.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: For many adults, nightmares turn into night terrors as they age.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Nightmares are unlikely to turn into night terrors -- instances of flailing your arms, kicking and screaming while asleep -- in adults. As a matter of fact, night terrors are most common in childhood, and even children who have nightmares are not necessarily going to develop night terrors. Children may recall nightmares, but they are unlikely to remember night terrors.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating too close to bedtime can increase nightmares.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Eating or drinking right before bedtime can cause more than heartburn or indigestion; it can upset your dreams. Eating or drinking increases your metabolism and revs up brain activity. This can kick your brain into overdrive, which may make your sleeping hours more active.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which of these practices can help decrease the frequency or risk of nightmares?

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The correct answer is: All of the above techniques can help you decrease the risk of a nightmare while you sleep. Meditate for 10 minutes before going to sleep. Do progressive muscle relaxation while in bed. Be sure to get plenty of physical activity in your day.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Some antidepressants help reduce the frequency of nightmares by…

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The correct answer is: Antidepressant medications can reduce the length and frequency of REM sleep cycles so you don't have as many nightmares.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Repeated nightmares may be a symptom of…

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The correct answer is: Repeated nightmares may be a symptom of sleep apnea, a breathing disorder that prevents restorative, healthy sleep. Repeated nightmares may also be a sign of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders or depression.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

In which way can medication cause nightmares?

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The correct answer is: Medication can cause nightmares in several different ways: Two or more drugs may interact to cause nightmares; alcohol and prescription drugs, when taken together, may cause nightmares; and some medicines, on their own, can cause nightmares, too. Talk with your doctor if your nightmares increase after starting or stopping a medication or if you notice more nightmares after drinking alcohol.

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