Hello all. This is just a musing that popped into my head this morning after a couple of distressing dreams. Over the past few weeks, I've been having a lot more distressing dreams. Not nightmares so much as just dreams that make me feel very upset when they're happening. I've been suffering from anxiety for a lot longer than these dreams have been happening but that's only because when the anxiety first started I barely slept and so never really got into the stage of sleep that I could dream in. Once I started sleeping a little better and having dreams again, that's when they started up.
This has led me to wonder, does anxiety affect our dreams? I've read many posts about dreams here on Anxiety Zone and I think that the idea that since anxiety consumes our life so wholly during the day it's inevitable it will enter our subconscious mind at night and intrude on our dreams is very possible. I've definitely noticed that my distressing dreams are almost always rooted in my fears, even (and sometimes especially) subconscious ones. I would occasionally have these dreams before my anxiety developed but they've definitely increased in frequency since it started. So I wonder if the changes in the brain that are caused by anxiety also affect the subconscious brain and its dreaming ability. What do you guys think?