As if having bad dreams weren’t terrible enough, it seems they get stranger and happen more intensely when a woman is pregnant. Have you ever noticed this, ladies?
For example, pop star Cardi B tweeted about having “weird, crazy, spooky dreams” that were “too vivid” during her pregnancy. Her experience, of course, isn’t unique as studies have likewise discovered that pregnant women do have more nightmares compared with women who aren’t. Furthermore, it is said that pregnancy during the last trimester brings more frequent nightmares compared with the earlier trimesters.
According to experts, it’s all because of troubled sleeping.
As explained by the National Institutes of Health, human sleep cycles have five stages and it is during REM (rapid eye movement) when dreams occur the most.
Dr. Ryan Donald, physician and assistant professor of sleep medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, said in a LiveScience interview:
“Quality of sleep is the poorest right before you’re about to deliver the baby. You have to get up to pee at night, or you might snore, or have sleep apnea.”
The feature also tells us that people who suffer from sleep apnea “experience very shallow breathing or pauses in breathing while they’re asleep.”
Additionally, restless legs syndrome may also manifest during pregnancy and interrupt a woman’s sleep. This could lead to waking up during REM and would increase the possibility of having intense, strange, and vivid dreams.
“Lower sleep quality, shorter sleep duration, more interruptions during sleep: These all can increase the likelihood of remembering dreams,” added Donald.
The struggle is real for pregnant women.
Meanwhile, a 2016 study published in the BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth journal reveals that 406 expectant mothers ages 17 to 44 reported twice as much nightmares as those who weren’t pregnant.
In 2014, a separate study published in Sleep Medicine found out that out of 57 last-trimester pregnant women surveyed, 32% of them admitted to having nightmares every week while 21% reported having more than one nightmare weekly.
Some mothers even confess that their nightmares were baby-related.
Dr. Julie Levitt, OB-GYN and clinical instructor at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, pointed out:
“You have these dreams, and you’re like, ‘What in the world? Where did that come from?'”
“I think it’s based on things people might worry about on a day-to-day basis. A lot of the daytime fears that we walk around with tend to reveal themselves in dreams at night.”
Bees Kill Penguins by Stinging Them in the Eyes
2000 Kilogram Sunfish Caught Off North African Coast
Man Embezzles $57K in COVID-19 Relief to Buy Pokemon Cards
Florida Man Catches and “Recycles” Alligator in Driveway
Man Shocks Reporter on How He’d Spend the Lottery Winnings
Man Joins Search Operation Not Realizing He’s the One Missing
World’s Oldest Rhino Dies in Italian Zoo at 54 Years Old
Meet Quilty – Cat Escape Artist Helping Other Cats Jailbreak
Fans Use American Flag to Save Falling Cat During Football Game in Miami
TikToker Shares How She Tricked Invaders Who Tried Opening The Hotel Door While She Was Alone
Man Iced Neighbor Who Repeatedly Asked Him “When Are You Getting Married?”
Do You Live in One of These 15 Countries With The Most Beautiful Women on Earth?
The Secret Meaning of Anklets And Why Some Wives Wear Them
Waking Up Between 3 to 5 AM Could Mean You’re Experiencing Spiritual Awakening
Divorced Man Wrote 20 Epic Marriage Advice He Wished He Could Have Had
Haunting Photos of Two Tourists Snapped Just Before They Mysteriously Disappeared
“Chastity Cages” is the Latest Thing for Men
Pork Fat Is Officially One of the World’s Most Nutritious Foods
Some Stranger Padlocked This Guy’s Earlobe And Ran Away With The Key
Three-Month-Old Baby Left Blind in One Eye After Family Friend Took His Picture