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Dreams and Nightmares

Air Date: 09/20/12 We used to think that dreams were bits of psychology working through our problems or conflicts, residue from the day, or wishes about the future.  But now, research shows that dreams are greatly impacted by our physiology.  Most importantly by how much oxygen is getting to our brain.  One study has shown that at least ninety percent of patients that come in for treatment are having trouble breathing.  Additionally, the Department of Defense is funding research on nightmares in response to the number of veterans coming back from conflict that suffer from nightmares.  This research has shown us some possible treatments that although we don't fully understand why, are helping people manage their nightmares.  Most suffer from "bad" dreams and recurring dreams that aren't necessarily nightmares.  If you think you might be suffering from nightmares listen in to hear how to evaluate whether or not your dreams are nightmares and what is the most appropriate solution.  Furthermore, Dr. Jankovich discusses a sampling of successful treatments like hypertension drugs and image therapy on this week's edition of Relationships.  Dr. Rebecca Jankovich airs Thursday mornings on 88.7 FM, KUNR, and can be reached at 775-322-1839.