Emotional abuse in childhood and critical life events predict nightmarish anguish

A new study published in Journal of Sleep Research provides insights into factors that contribute to nightmarish distress. The results indicate that several waking life variables, such as childhood abuse and critical life events, play a larger role than violent dream content in how distressed people feel about their nightmares. The researchers were motivated by previous research showing that traumatic experiences and waking life anguish can increase the likelihood of experiencing nightmares. However, research into the effects of these factors specifically on nightmarish distress was lacking. “I was interested in…

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