Nightmares may be sign of psychotic disorders

Frequent nightmares were very common for one in ten children, especially between the ages of three and seven, but effects resulting from nightmares were much more severe in 12-year-olds.

Nightmares may be sign of psychotic disorders

World Bulletin / News Desk

Children who experience violent nightmares extraordinarily frequently may be demonstrating warning sign of psychotic disorders.

British researchers from the University of Warwick were cited in the journal Sleep, saying that such dreams need to be looked into more in order to identify potential symptoms, after they studied nearly 6,800 children up to the age of 12.

Frequent nightmares were very common for one in ten children, especially between the ages of three and seven, but effects resulting from nightmares were much more severe in 12-year-olds.

Prof Dieter Wolke, told the BBC: "Nightmares are relatively common, as are night terrors, it is quite normal, but if they persist then there may be something more serious about it," adding that a regular routine and quality sleep were key to tackling nightmares.

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