A Bel Marra Health report indicates that a recent study found that insomnia, fatigue, and depression are linked to frequent nightmares.
Lead author Nils Sandman said, “Our study shows a clear connection between well-being and nightmares.” Although the study did not prove that depression causes nightmares it did reveal a close association between the two.
The study consisted of 14,000 adults aged 25 to 74 in Finland – 53 percent of participants were women.
Nearly 45 percent of participants reported experiencing nightmares occasionally within the last 30 days while slightly over 50 percent reported never experiencing a nightmare. Lastly, four percent reported experiencing frequent nightmares within 30 days.
Frequent nightmares were reported by those with depression 28 percent and 17 percent among those who experience frequent insomnia. Through further analysis the researchers concluded that strong risk factors of nightmares included insomnia, exhaustion, depression symptoms and a negative sense of self.