You know the feeling. You wake up in a pool of sweat, shaking, terrified of what just happened. Your mind is racing. You just had a nightmare.
You might have been chased, had your teeth fall out, or found yourself without pants in the middle of class. Whatever it was, a nightmare is a chilling experience that can leave you breathless. They are more than just a bad dream. Instead, nightmares invoke fear in the dreamer that can cause problems in waking life.
However, you are not alone. Children have nightmares (sometimes nightly) and many adults experience them as well. There are several different types of nightmares, some of which cross over into sleep disorders. The dreams often reflect who we are and what’s on our minds. Although nightmares can sometimes be random creations of the subconscious brain with no particular deeper interpretation, in many cases nightmares actually do have specific causes or meanings behind them.
Here are the different types of nightmares, and what they mean for you.