Nightmare disorder, also known as 'dream anxiety disorder', is a sleep disorder characterized by frequent nightmares. Though such nightmares occur within many people, those with nightmare disorder experience them with a greater frequency.Nightmares are only considered a disorder if disturbing dreams cause you distress or keep you from getting enough sleep. Nightmares can be triggered by many factors, including: Stress, Truama, Sleep Deprivation, The sleep disturbance causes significant distress or problems with functioning during the day, Your dream wakes you, You can think clearly upon awakening and can recall details of your dream.
Medical condition treatment, Stress or anxiety treatment, Medication, Imagery rehearsal therapy are the most useful treatments for night mare disorderStudies of the general population have indicated that nightmares are highly prevalent, with up to 70% having occasional nightmares and approximately 2% to 5% of the adult population suffering from frequent nightmares. A similar percentage is estimated to “have a current problem with nightmares,” as frequent and chronic nightmares are associated with disrupted sleep, daily distress, and a variety of sleep complaints e.g., night terrors, chronic insomnia, and sleep disordered breathing and affective complaintsLittle research exists on the use of medicines to treat nightmares from trauma. The medicine with the most promise is prazosin. Two studies have found that prazosin reduces nightmare symptoms. More research on prazosin is under way.