Everyone has good dreams and bad dreams. But you may have wondered: do my dreams have a significant impact on how well I sleep? They might. Dreams usually relate to the events in your daily life. So if you go through a period of increased stress or anxiety, bad dreams may become more frequent. Here's an overview:
Bad dreams can make it harder to switch between non-REM and REM sleep, which may affect how rested you feel the next day.
Bad dreams can have ramifications. They may affect your mood and behavior the next day, almost like a bad-dream hangover.
If you wake up because of a nightmare, it might be harder to fall back asleep. Over time, consistent nightmares can chronically disrupt your sleep.
Dreams don’t significantly affect sleep architecture. They won’t change how much time you spend in the different stages of sleep or the number of times you awaken.
The good news is that by taking care of your emotional well-being during the day, you can help promote a positive narrative. Healthy habits for a good state of mind include daily meditation, breathing techniques, physical exercise, and more. Awareness is also key—as in, paying attention to when bad dreams start feeling like a problem. We’re always here to support with resources and recommendations.