Anxious dreams

Anxious dreams are described as dreams that evoke worry, or stressful dreams. Many times, people mistake anxious dreams for nightmares because they are another form of unsettling dream-like content. Generally, dreams are a reflection of our waking life. Therefore, when life feels more stressful or anxiety-provoking, we will experience our dreams in a similar way. When I see patients reporting anxious dreams or stressful dreams and nightmare disorder is ruled out, I will often encourage such patients to work on daytime anxiety and stress management if their goal is to reduce anxious dreams.

DrLullaby can help with behavioral sleep issues. The information provided here is not intended as a diagnosis or medical treatment, but instead meant as a learning opportunity. Please schedule an appointment with DrLullaby for more help.