Thursday, June 8, 2023


Do you have nightmares?

Do you have nightmares? If so, how often? Do they stick with you throughout the day (or longer) when you do have them?

According to, 50-85 percent of adults report having nightmares occasionally. As you age, nightmares tend to become less intense and frequent, which is why children have more nightmares than adults. Women report having more nightmares than men.

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1 year ago

Yes. With having Complex PTSD nightmares and flashbacks are all part of the package. (For those unfamiliar with CPTSD- flashbacks are nightmarish memories where the left side of the brain gets stuck and unable to file the memories, nightmares are the way the mind tries to process certain events in a more creative way- using the right side of the brain when filing away information.)

1 year ago

I do dream almost every night. Low cost entertainment!

Bob Palin
1 year ago

As you age, nightmares tend to become less intense and frequent, which is why children have more nightmares than adults.”

What a ridiculous thing to say, children have more nightmares than adults because as you age you have less of them, not the other way round!

1 year ago

PTSD if you want to call them nightmares. As time goes on they have lessened and seem to be able to control them in my sleep as they get started I seem to be able to stop them. But were so bad that I’d scream out and wake in sweats. Thankful that’s over. I call them Uncle Sam issue.

1 year ago
Reply to  Skip

Sounds like a possible standard issue.

Diane M
1 year ago

I have very vivid dreams, but rarely any nightmares. I used to have them pretty often as a child, though.

Roy Beals
1 year ago

Being a Viet Nam Vet , I get nightmares a lot .

1 year ago

Haven’t had a nightmare since I retired in ‘03.

1 year ago

Most of the time I remember having a weird dream or nightmare but can’t tell you a thing about it. Usually preceded by a bowl of chili.😁

Neal Davis
1 year ago

I rarely recall even having had a dream the night before, let alone how the dream went. None of my dreams approaches being a “nightmare.” Alternately, my wife often recalls nightmares from the night before. I guess that makes us approximately stereotypical. 😉

Cheri Rae
1 year ago

As a child I did but it’s been years since I’ve had a dream. Maybe I dream but f I do, I don’t recall anything when I wake up.

Bob p
1 year ago

I don’t have nightmares, rarely do I dream, I guess I’m to busy sleeping to waste time with nightmares. My late wife always accused me of not having a conscience because I don’t dream, I never understood that logic. Now in my new life I dream ever so often but never nightmares. Usually about something my new wife and I are planning. Maybe I’ve grown a conscience at 78. Lol

1 year ago

I don’t have what you traditionally think of as nightmares, eg scary dreams where someone’s trying to hurt you. But I do have a lot of dreams that are very stressful – I’m back working again as a nurse taking care of patients and I forget one of them, or things along those lines. (It has been 25 yrs since I did that kind of work.) These are nightmares to me.

1 year ago
Reply to  Christine

I have those dreams also and I’ve been retired 4 years after 45 years of ICU nursing! It’s the end of shift and I haven’t checked on any of my patients.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 year ago

I believe nightmars originate from stressful issue in your life.
Now that I’m retired my stressful life is non-existent.

Kurt Shoemaker Sr
1 year ago

I just realized I skipped the “e” on nightmares and “s” on the end of issues.
Now I’m going to have a nightmare tonight.

RV Staff
1 year ago

I could go in and fix your post, Kurt, and delete your response to it, but this is too funny so I’m going to leave it “as is.” Have a great day. And I hope you don’t have a nightmare tonight. 😆 –Diane

1 year ago

if i eat after 7:00 p.m. i have nightmares. often they involve that four letter word – work!

1 year ago

I have had a few nightmares that were nothing but terror, and my wife woke me because I was screaming. Thankfully that has only happened a few times, and I can never remember what the nightmare was. I’ll reserve any comment about the nightmare we have been living for the last couple of decades thanks to the yahoos we send to Washington.

Wayne Caldwell
1 year ago

I guess my most recent “nightmare” was that, at 70 years old, I had re-enlisted in the Air Force. Now That’ll wake you up! (I retired from the AF 28 years ago)

Last edited 1 year ago by Wayne Caldwell

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