People who stay up later are more likely to experience nightmares. Well, actually yes. Sleep is a quintessential need for human body and mind. Though the current trend is to turn nocturnal, stay wide awake at night and sleep across the day hours but what we forget is the body is more like a machine and needs due care. Prolong nocturnal endeavours not only affect the body mechanisms but also affects the mind.
Everything needs rest, and so does human body. Sleep provides that much needed rest. The functioning of the vital organs, including the brain is entirely dependent on the proper amount of sleep the body acquires. The crisis arises when the nocturnal habit puts the system on a haywire and the body and mind starts following the erratic schedule.
Less amount of sleep or erratic schedule puts the brain in a state of unrest. The resultant effect is nightmares. The person undergoes bouts of nightmares which further disrupts the mental health and puts the biological system into further unrest. To explain it more clearly, say, a person goes to sleep at 3 in the morning. He/she will take, under normal bodily conditions, an hour to fall asleep. That means, the person falls asleep at 4 in the morning. If, he/she wakes up at 9 or 10 in the morning, that means the human body had fallen asleep when actually it should have been in its deepest degree of sleep. The time lapse thus puts the brain into a state of disturbance. The person, hence, starts dreaming of things unwarranted which further disrupt the sleep because, no sleep is devoid of dreams. It is on our conscious and subconscious to highlight or not highlight it, that is to make us remember or the antonym of it. But, in the case of nocturnal, the time lapse provides only dreams of disturbance. The conscious and sub conscious coincide and thus the sleep hours of 3-10 in the morning stands further insufficient for the person.
Less amount of sleep not only brings about nightmares but as a result of disturbed sleep brings in fatigue and tiredness. The person feels fatigued and at the end of energy. Acidity, nerve disorders are common ailments which follow thereafter. The person starts, therefore, with a mere habit of staying awake when one should be asleep and ends up with multiple problems.
Nightmares, though, are not just bad dreams. Repetitive occurrence of nightmares can cause psychological problems, neurotic tensions. The worst conditions can lead to paranoia. It is not just a person having a disturbed sleep; it affects the mental health of a person massively. Repetition of nightmares causes a person lose the ability to think, and in worst cases a person might feel afraid to sleep, might feel shock waves and remain under paranoid syndromes during day times as well.
A normal healthy life is in the hands of us. Being nocturnal is not fun; it is our call to health hazards. Why affect ourselves?