30 Causes of Dreams and Nightmares (According to World Mythology)

It is believed that when an individual’s homeostatic system fails and psychological homeostasis is disrupted, nightmares are deployed to extinguish anxiety that has accumulated throughout the day. Some psychologists believe that nightmares help people process traumatic events. If nightmares occur frequently and impairs social and occupational function, they can become a disorder.

Nightmares are frightening and mysterious, so it is no wonder that people around the world and throughout history have sought out explanations for them. This infographic explores nightmare mythology from around the world, nightmare meanings in different cultures, and nightmare creatures that plague sleep.

Causes of Dreams and Nightmares

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Logan Block

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Logan is the Director of Content at Sleepopolis and the main mattress man around these parts. A Buffalo native, Logan spent several years working in project management in both Boston and New York City. In his free time Logan likes walking his dog, lifting weights, and searching for the best cheeseburger in New York City.
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