What Causes Weird Dreams?
Scientists aren’t fully sure about what causes weird dreams, but they think the following factors may play a role.
1. Stress or anxiety
Difficulties in real life and in imagination can cause a person to experience stress and anxiety in their daily life. Issues with family, friends, school, or work can stimulate intense dreams.
Stressed caused by distressing events, such as sexual abuse, death of a loved one, or a car accident can also cause vivid dreams. Anxiety, specifically, is connected with an increased risk of traumatic and intense dreams.
2. Sleep disorders
Sleeping problems that are responsible for lack of sleep, such as insomnia and narcolepsy, can increase one’s risk of experiencing vivid dreams.
Changes to your sleep schedule, such as due to jet lag or getting less sleep than usual, can also raise this risk.
There are some medications that can cause vivid dreams. These medications include various antidepressants, blood pressure medications, beta blockers, Parkinson’s disease drugs, and drugs to stop smoking.
4. Substance abuse
Using alcohol in surplus, using pleasure-giving drugs, or stopping consumption of drugs can trigger vivid dreams, usually nightmares.
5. Early pregnancy
Pregnancy can stimulate changes in the body’s hormone levels, emotions and sleep patterns. Several pregnant women say they undergo vivid dreams, especially during the early days of their pregnancy.
When to see a doctor?
If your vivid dreams are causing you emotional distress or physical problems, you might want to see a doctor for medical treatment or lifestyle modifications.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor to try to find out what treatments or lifestyle modifications are correct for you.