Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder are the most common causes of nightmares. Divorce, death of a loved one, failure to achieve a deeply desired goal, natural disasters, and other traumatic events can trigger nightmares. Sometimes sleep disturbances stop without intervention. Trauma or loss doesn't always cause nightmares, although trauma accompanied by grief and guilt is a toxic combination. These two emotions are frequently involved in post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Treatment and therapy can help many people overcome negative feelings and nightmares.
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