Top 10 Facts About Nightmares You Should be Afraid


[] Top 10 Facts About Nightmares You Should be Afraid

Top 10 Facts About Nightmares You Should be Afraid

We love to sleep, and we love to dream. Though I wish that every dream we experience during our sleep is a good one, because if not, then say hello to nightmare!

In here you will read real-life stories and tragedies that happened during their sleep. The list is not in order but here are the top 10 facts about nightmares you should be afraid of.

Dreaming inside the Dream

A false awakening is when in your dream you think you have woken up. You get out of bed, brush your teeth, and go about your business until you realize you are still asleep, or you awaken properly. One false awakening is nothing scary. However, they can happen multiple times. The famous philosopher Bertrand Russell claimed to have gone through around a hundred false awakenings when coming out of the sleep following a general anesthetic. It’s a disturbing thought that you could experience the feeling of the waking up again and again until you are no longer sure that what you are experiencing is real.

Fatal Premonitions

Imagine you had a dream in which you died. Now imagine if the next day’s events around you started to follow those of your nightmare. There are numerous unexplained cases of nightmare premonitions. Abraham Lincoln dreamed of walking into a room in the White House where a corpse was being guarded, and the guards told him it was the president, who had been assassinated. This was just days before he was shot and killed. 9/11 victims spoke out about nightmares of a terrorist attack, and there were 19 precognitive dreams about the Titanic sinking. One Titanic ticket-holder, Mr. Middleton, had recurring dreams of a huge vapor eaten by the waves, with the sea around full of struggling people.

Dreams tend to be more negative

It is thought that guilt, sadness, and confusion are the causes of nightmares, rather than fear. Quite a few nightmares are also linked to feelings of anxiety. When your teeth fall out, it could represent the fact that you are anxious about how others judge your personal appearance. Storms show a feeling of a lack of control, and if you miss a big event in a dream, it could mean that you are anxious about failing in something. Dreams tend to be more negative than positive in nature. This is thought to be an evolutionary trait that allows our brains to work through negative emotions or problems that we face, helping us build psychological defenses.

Nightmare Gives Warnings

It has been found that certain people, who act out their nightmares by kicking and screaming, could be suffering from the early stages of brain disorders. The violent dreams are a form of a warning from the brain. In a study of 27 people suffering from a disorder that caused strong violent nightmares. 13 developed dementia, 12 Parkinson’s disease, 1 Parkinson’s dementia, and 1 person multiple system atrophy, a similar disease to Parkinson’s. So if you suffer from bad dreams often, then it may be a worrying sign.

Nocturnal Deaths

When members of the Hmong people in Laos suddenly started dying in their sleep, they began their own mythology of “dab tsuam” – a jealous hag-like woman that would sit on their chests, stopping them from breathing. It is now known that a genetic irregular heartbeat that couldn’t be detected earlier was responsible for their deaths. However, it is also thought that because the Hmong believed so fiercely in the dab tsuam, this would cause them to have night terrors about the woman, which would put such a strain on their heart that it would set off their genetic defect. This would kill them in their sleep, seemingly without explanation. These events inspired the classic horror film “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

Night Terrors

Night terrors cause a dreaming person to sit bolt upright, with their eyes wide open, yelling and screaming, as they are still trapped in their nightmare. The person will sometimes act out their dream, kicking and punching, or trying to run away as if being attacked by something. People have caused injury to themselves and other through their actions in this state. In 1943, Joan Kiger began fending off “shadowy figures” during a night terror, and while sleepwalking she shot and killed her father and her 6-year-old brother. William Pollard, a known sleepwalker, dreamed he was being attacked, only to awake and see that he had bludgeoned his daughter to death with a flashlight.


Hypnagogic hallucinations happen in the moments between wakefulness and sleep. They cause you to hear voices, feel phantom sensations, or even see strange people in the room. People have often reported seeing animals or insects crawling up their walls. Even though they are technically dreams, these hallucinations have a profound effect on people, as they are indistinguishable from reality. Many artists, writers, and scientists have stated that hypnagogia increased their creativity. Salvador Dali, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, and Beethoven mentioned it. Even some alien close encounter experiences have stemmed from the hallucinatory lights and sleep paralysis experienced in this state.

Sleep Paralysis

How scared would you be if you woke up in your room to feel something beside you, or had it on top of you, crushing the breath from your body? And when you try to move you realize your whole body is paralyzed, every muscle lifeless? It occurs when your brain wakes up, aware of the REM cycle of sleep being over, but your muscles remain asleep and unresponsive to your brain’s commands. The choking presence common in sleep paralysis was called the “Mare” in the Northern European folklore. Linked to the succubus and incubus, she was known for riding people in their sleep, crushing their chests and trying to strangle them.

Nightmares Can Be Inspirational Too

It is not unknown for nightmares to inspire people. Elias Howe had a nightmare in which he was chased by cannibals carrying spears. These spears became the basis for the design of the needle in the first sewing machine that he invented. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein’ and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Jekyll and Hyde were both based on the respective author’s nightmares. Sharon Carr, Britain’s youngest female murderer, was inspired by violent dreams. She stated “Every night I see the Devil in my dreams – sometimes even in my mirror, but I realize it was just me.” At the age of 12, she stabbed a hairdresser 29 times.

Gamers Dreams

It has been found that gamers are more likely to take control of their nightmares. A study has shown that the huge among of time some gamers spend in virtual reality trains their brains to respond differently in nightmares. They are more likely to have lucid dreams, turning scary situations into fun ones. It has also been shown that gamers are less likely to have aggressive dreams, but when put in a fight or flight scenario they will often stand and fight. While gamers may dream aggressively less often, when they do so, they will often have hyper-violence way beyond that of a nongamers nightmare.


Author Bio

Ethan Wright is a health enthusiast who believes every great day begins with a good night’s sleep. He is currently a researcher and writer for, an online retailer of gel memory foam mattress in the USA. When not wearing his writing hat, you will see him traveling to places with his journal.


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