Ever felt ridiculous tired without understanding why?
While nightmares are common, nightmare disorder manifests as nightmares so vivid and so frequent that they create major distress and daytime impairment. These nightmares routinely disrupt sleep patterns and typically occur in the earliest hours of the morning.
The circadian rhythm controls our sleep-wake cycles, and improved sleep directly correlates to improved health. Often times, I hear people describe sleep as an indulgence via phrases such as "money never sleeps" or "sleep is for the weak," when the reality is that huge segments of American society are sleep deprived and therefore operating below optimal levels of physical and mental health. Structured sleep necessitates consideration for one's personal factors as well as an understanding of environmental and cultural influences.