New psychology research uncovers a personality trait linked to nightmares

A recent study provides insight into the contributing factors behind nightmare distress. Findings suggest that individuals with heightened emotional reactivity — or neuroticism — experience more frequent nightmares and more nightmare distress. The study was published in Sleep Science.Although nightmares are fairly common in the general population, a clinical diagnosis of nightmare disorder is only met when nightmares are accompanied by a significant degree of distress. The International Classification of Sleep Disorders – Third Edition describes different ways that nightmares can affect the da…

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