Anxious babies more likely to have nightmares as pre-schoolers

January 10, 2008 2:40:30 PM PST
Your pre-schooler's odds of having nightmares may be related to their temperament as infants.

Canadian researchers found that the odds of pre-schoolers having nightmares and of having them consistently through the pre-school years were higher among children who were considered to be more anxious or difficult as babies.

The findings in the journal Sleep suggests that young children's bad dreams are "trait-like in nature" and associated with personality characteristics measured as early as five months.