Cheese does NOT cause nightmares. In fact, a light snack of cheese and crackers may help to promote sleep.
Melatonin DOES cause nightmares. One of the side effects of taking melatonin supplements can be vivid dreams or nightmares.
Dogs CAN have nightmares. Science reveals that dogs do enter a dream-like sleep state like humans.
Nightmares are normal, especially for children. Both children and adults can experience nightmares but they are far more prevalent in children with an estimated 20-39% of children experiencing them versus 5-8% of adults. But they could also signify a health issue.
Nightmares can be hereditary. If you suffer from chronic nightmares and the common catalysts, such as stress and medications, have been ruled out, you may have a distinct nightmare sleep disorder.
Understanding the inherent differences between night terrors and nightmares is the first step in managing these scary occurrences.
Eating before bed DOES cause nightmares. Late night snacks are not always a catalyst for nightmares, but they can increase the likelihood.