Why Do We Have Nightmares after Scary Movies?  

Why do we have to sleep with the lights on, after a scary movie…  even when we know it’s not real?

Sleep psychologist Dr. Katherine Hall has the answer:  Horror films are designed to heighten your emotions.  “They use psychological tricks to create illusions of suspense and danger which cause stress and anxiety,” Dr. Hall said.  “We then bring this stress to bed with us, making our brains unable to relax and switch off.”

Try watching something light-hearted or funny, discussing the film with family or friends, and avoiding caffeine and alcohol before bed.  These methods should help you avoid bad dreams.

Learn more, here:  (mirror.co.uk)

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