The association between nightmares and daily distress

Authors

  • Jaap Lancee,

    1. Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
    2. Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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  • Nadine CML Schrijnemaekers

    1. Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Correspondence: Dr Jaap Lancee, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Weesperplein 4, 1018 XA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Email: j.lancee@uva.nl

Abstract

Nightmares are a prevalent disorder with negative consequences. This study investigated the association between nightmares and daily distress. Fifty-six participants with frequent nightmares filled out questionnaires and a 10-day diary. The questionnaire concerned: sleep, nightmare distress, depression, neuroticism, posttraumatic stress, and anxiety; the diary: nightmares, sleep, and sleep related distress. Multilevel analyses revealed that nightmare nights, sleep quality, baseline nightmare distress, and depression were significantly associated with daily sleep related distress (P < 0.05). This is the first study that prospectively shows that nightmares are independently associated with daily sleep related distress.

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