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Nightmares (Off of Elm Street)

For all you Freddy Krueger fans, this is not a review on the new movie. You can Google that somewhere else, thanks! 🙂

Most of us are familiar with the term “nightmare”. It is something we learn about from early childhood, simply a bad dream due to the “Boogeyman” under our beds or the monsters in our closets.

They are sleeping visions that leave us with a sense of fear or despair and uneasy or unsettling thoughts, which can haunt us after waking.

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Though, there are some who are lucky enough to forget the “brain-played, horror film” soon after their feet hit the floor. Lucky.
Those of us that do remember may begin to wonder, “What the hell was that? Why did I have to dream about that?”
Well, why do we have bad dreams, nightmares?
There are the “wives-tales” which seem to think it is the food we eat before bed. It is said, you are not supposed to eat anything spicy or too sweet before bed. You are supposed to drink a warm glass of milk to calm you before sleeping….

Warm milk? Yuck. That is almost as bad as sour cream, which is milk’s bad dream.

I heard of one girl in my Philosophy class stating that the night she ate a PB-n-J before bed, she dreamed of killer apples chasing her.

Sounds like something out of Elvira Mistress of the Dark episodes.

Uh-hem! Anyway! Moving on…

 Does eating different kinds of foods create a release of certain chemicals in our brains, as our food digests? It is widely accepted that it may, due to the amount of B-vitamins and protein synthesis taking place.  You may have eaten too many of the vitamin which produces amino acids responsible for over active nuerotransmitters ( Acetylcholine) during sleep.

Is it merely do to stress or other outside influences during our day?



If we consider the realms of psychology and psychoanalysis, nightmares are of particular importance in the process of determining an individual’s insecurities, fears, anxieties, and general character traits. As in the cases of people having nightmares every night, the reason for this is found to be some immense external trauma that the individual has undergone at some point of time.
Whether it is due to stress, depression, sleep disorders, trauma or just an excess in watching the “Chiller” channel and late at night, drive-thru cheeseburgers/tacos, some may want to better understand the reasons behind that bad night of sleep.
Here are a few links if you are interested in knowing more:




  1. May 6, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    May GOD Bless!!! Mark

  2. May 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    The pictures you chose for this post are really creepy. lol I’ve come back to see them a few times! 🙂
    I have nightmares every night, so I was interested to read your blog. 🙂
    I would go check the links for the dreams but I’ve given up on that task years ago. The explanations just never seemed right to me. 🙂

    • May 21, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      The creepy pictures help to make the point. As for your continued nightmares, I am sorry to hear about them. Yet, if you stop looking for the answer to your question of “why”, you might never find out. On the other hand, if it is not a bother to you to be missing that answer then everything is as it needs to be. 🙂

  3. May 21, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    They certainly do help! lol

    I will find the answer to why – but not in reading about dreams and meanings. I will learn because I will find the root cause…which I already know. It’s not the meanings that will help me – but fixing the root cause. 🙂

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