85% of people try to watch a funny movie after a scary one to reduce the risk of nightmares.
I tried looking for a study on this, but couldn’t really find any authentic ones. However, I found some other information. Watching scary movies do increase anxiety, sleeplessness, fear, phobia, and nightmares. This is especially true in children as children have a harder time distinguishing apart real from fictions.
I couldn’t find anything on how funny movies help you cope with nightmares from watching scary movies. But my guess how that works are that funny movies help change your emotions to positive ones (less anxiety) and help over-ride the scary memories with funny ones.
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