Nightmares happen later in sleep when dreams are longest, and the content is bizarre and emotional. Nightmares wake the sleeper into full consciousness and clear memory of the dream. It temporarily relieves the negative emotion.
As we develop the skills for managing negative emotions while we are awake, nightmares will reduce in frequency.
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