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.
An Overview of Nightmares
Are nightmares disturbing your child and you in the process? Learn more about this common problem.
Bipolar Disorder: Sleep Problems and Treatments
Getting adequate sleep if you have bipolar disorder can be challenging. WebMD offers tips to help you get the rest you need.
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.
Stress Busting Tips to Prevent Nightmares
WebMD explains stress-reducing tips to relieve nightmares.
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.
Chronic Nightmare Therapy May Make Sleep Peaceful
Everyone has an occasional bad dream, but some have chronic nightmares. In this story, experts describe chronic nightmare therapy.
The Health Benefits of Dreams
Dreams may be important for our mental health.
The Vivid Dreams of Pregnant Women
From dreams about journeys to nightmares about delivery, experts tell WebMD how pregnant women can decipher the secrets of their 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.