How to Ease Childrens Nightmares
How to Ease Children's NightmaresSteps. Step1. Ensure they get enough sleep. Step2. Make bedtime routines a pleasant experience. Step3.Comfort and reassure the child. Step4. Discuss the nightmare. Step5. Work to overcome nightmares. Please don't forget to subscribe to our channel .
Why Do We Get Nightmares
Most people have nightmares that they'llbe naked in public. I have nightmares Trace will be naked in public. Hey Julian! Hello Jacks and Sallys, Julian here for DNews.In the comments of a recent tutorial Luke Hutton asked us why we get nightmares. Well Luketoday's the day you've been dreaming about. Or had nightmares about, if you don't likemy jokes. Yes the common knowledge holds true that nightmaresare often a reflection of your waking mental state. Stressing about a looming unpleasantness,as well as anxiety from events passed can
cause nightmares. Really traumatic eventslike car accidents or wars can lead to nightmares with recurring themes, or reliving the eventover and over. Healing from the trauma should cause the nightmares to become less frequentand intense over time. If you're among the 5% of people who have nightmares often enoughto affect your waking hours, consider seeing a therapist. Working through stress or traumain real life will help you sleep peacefully. Nightmares can also be caused by medicationsor drugs, especially ones that affect neurotransmitters like antidepressants or narcotics. Peoplewho have what psychologists define as â€œthin boundaries of the mindâ€� are more prone tonightmares too. These people tend to be more
creative and imaginative, and sometimes havetrouble separating fantasy from reality. There are also idiopathic nightmares, meaning wedon't know why they happen, they just do. So if you have a nightmare every now and again,it's nothing to worry about. 85% of adults report having nightmares on occasion. They'remore common for children, particularly young girls, and are likely caused when the childis struggling to cope with normal childhood fears. To understand nightmares, and to a largerextent dreams, it helps to know what's happening in your thinking meat while you're unconscious.Dreams and nightmares happen during REM, the
last step in the sleep cycle before it startsover. During REM your brain becomes much more active than when you're in deep sleep. Youramygdala in your temporal cortex starts humming along during REM, and that little guy is responsiblefor processing memory, decisions, and emotional reactions. Some areas have even more activitythan when you're awake, like the hippocampus, which is the storage center of memory andemotions; and parts of your cortex, particularly your temporal and occipital lobes. These regionshandle sensory input and visual information, respectively. There's also some spikes insome fast wavelengths, likely caused by the cortex communicating with the thalamus, whichis thought to be a hub for information sharing.
One area of your brain that doesn't lightup in REM though is the prefrontal cortex, which is used in information integration andepisodic memory. With all that brain talk I just threw at youin mind, the why and how of nightmares and dreams starts to make a little more sense.The parts of your brain that are involved in long term memory, emotion, vision, andlanguage are all hard at work, but the prefrontal cortex is literally asleep at the metaphoricalwheel, meaning nothing's really guiding what the rest of your brain is doing. Theresult is bizarre dreams or nightmares, especially when something has had a strong emotionalimpact. And since the REM stage gets longer
with each cycle and is the one you have rightbefore you wake up, dreams or nightmares get longer and more intense until finally youcome out of it going, â€œWhat on earth was that aboutéâ€� So nightmares can be caused by stress or emotions,but do you have the ability to control them while you sleepé Anthony has the answer here. This question was asked by a viewer and wehope we answered it to his satisfaction. If you have questions, lay it on us. You canask them in the comments or on twitter or facebook. Don't forget to subscribe, it'skind of important to come back so you can