Published online Sep 20, 2018. doi: 10.5498/wjp.v8.i3.75
Peer-review started: May 21, 2018
First decision: June 6, 2018
Revised: June 27, 2018
Accepted: June 29, 2018
Article in press: June 29, 2018
Published online: September 20, 2018
Core tip: A substantial percentage of persons suffering from psychotic illness such as schizophrenia experience frightening nightmares that aggravate their disease symptoms. New treatments for nightmares in the general population are starting to be applied to schizophrenia patients, as are new treatments for other associated sleep problems. This is very promising research that clinicians need to heed, as the lessening of nightmare distress will also help to alleviate daytime psychotic symptoms.