Nightmares: Terror, Triggers, And Treatments

By Tara Fejfar

Have you ever had a dream that you were falling, being chased, or showing up to school naked? A nightmare usually leaves the afflicted with negative feelings such as fear, confusion, and guilt, and is the only type of dream that can actually wake you up — often in a cold sweat, or with a pounding heart. But what purpose do they serve? Why would your brain go out of its way to create situations that upset or frighten you? This is to say, why do we have nightmares at all?

In this animated short, Tara Fejfar unpacks the conditions that trigger nightmares, as well as some strategies to cope with them.

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