Health Tip: What Causes Nightmares?

Here are some common triggers

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(HealthDay News) -- Nightmares can cause poor sleep and anxiety, triggering health problems.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says the following factors can contribute to nightmares:

  • Eating just before bed, which can increase brain activity.
  • Any anxiety or stress.
  • Any major life event, including the death of a loved one.
  • Illness, including fever.
  • An adverse reaction, side effect or withdrawal from a drug.
  • Alcohol withdrawal, or excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Breathing disorders, including sleep apnea.
  • Sleep disorders, including narcolepsy.


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