Insomnia, Depression Strongly Linked to Frequent Nightmares

Researchers suggest that frequent nightmares may have diagnostic value as a sign of depression onset.

The purpose of the study was to identify risk factors for experiencing nightmares among the Finnish general adult population. The study aimed to both test whether previously reported correlates of frequent nightmares could be reproduced in a large population sample and to explore previously unreported associations.

Nightmare frequency as well as several items related to socioeconomic status, sleep, mental well-being, life satisfaction, alcohol use, medication, and physical well-being were recorded with a questionnaire. In multinomial logistic regression analysis, a depression-related negative attitude toward the self, insomnia, and exhaustion and fatigue were the strongest risk factors for experiencing frequent nightmares.

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