Dreams and Nightmares Directory
Theories abound about the origins of dreams and nightmares (bad dreams), among them that they are a way of working out solutions to problems, consolidating memory, regulating mood, and reenacting trauma. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about dreams and nightmares, why they occur, what they mean, and much more.
Nightmares in Adults
Nightmares aren't just for children. WebMD explains why adults may have terrifying dreams and the physical and emotional stress they can cause.
Dreams: Why We Dream, Lucid Dreaming, Nightmares, Common Dreams, and More
WebMD talks about dreams: what makes us dream, if dreams mean anything, what lucid dreaming is, and more.
Stress Busting Tips to Prevent Nightmares
WebMD explains stress-reducing tips to relieve nightmares.
An Overview of Nightmares
Are nightmares disturbing your child and you in the process? Learn more about this common problem.
What do your strange dreams mean? WebMD looks at the reasons you might be experiencing crazy, vivid dreams. Whether it’s falling off a cliff or public nudity, find out what might be causing those freaky dreams.
Dream Interpretation Offers Insight
Dreams can be very useful tools for self-discovery and problem solving. It takes just a bit of practice to learn dream interpretation.
For Healing and Health, Dream On
'We all have imagination factories inside us producing dreams all the time,' a dream therapy expert tells us. And learning to direct, and respect, those dreams can change your life. Practitioners of two popular methods -- centuries-old Tibetan 'dream yoga' and ultra-modern 'lucid dreaming' -- illuminate their respective pathways to healing and enlightenment.
Sleep Dread: How to Handle the Fear of Sleep
Some people, especially those with insomnia, chronic nightmares, or sleep apnea, dread falling asleep. WebMD talks to experts about how to handle the fear of sleep.
Quiz: What Do Your Dreams Say About You?
What do your dreams and nightmares say about you? Take this quiz and find out.
Quiz: What Do You Know About Your Weird, Crazy Dreams?
What happens in your head when you sleep? Take this quiz to see how much you know about your dreams and nightmares.
Sleep Quiz: Why You Need Your ZZZs
Take this quiz and test your knowledge of sleep -- deprivation, insomnia, and nightmares.